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Fallout From German Fraud Case Continues

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Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1876-1877
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5510.1876b

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BERN-- An expert panel has criticized Roland Mertelsmann, one of Germany's best known cancer researchers, for failing to detect data falsification and manipulation that allegedly occurred in his department and in some papers on which he was listed as a co-author. Responding to the findings, the rector of the University of Freiburg last week asked the state government to launch disciplinary proceedings. Mertelsmann, chief of the university medical center's oncology and hematology department, immediately called the inquiry "unfair" and vowed to mount a vigorous defense.