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The Trials of Thomas Butler

Science  19 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5653, pp. 2054-2063
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5653.2054

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Thomas Butler was a sought-after plague expert, with a clinical trial in Tanzania that promised important results for biodefense. Then he was charged with mishandling plague samples and lying to the FBI. This month, a jury convicted him of financial wrongdoing. Who is Thomas Butler, and what lessons do his trials hold?