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Science  06 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5659, pp. 761
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5659.761a

Costly goodbye. Thomas Butler, the Texas Tech University researcher convicted last month of fraud and improperly shipping plague samples back to Tanzania, has resigned from the faculty. He will also pay the Lubbock university nearly $300,000 to settle a dispute over hidden contracts involving clinical trials for two drug companies (Science, 19 December 2003, p. 2054). The university had begun action to fire Butler, but the deal closes the matter, says M. Roy Wilson, president of Tech's medical center: “We wish Dr. Butler well.”

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Butler is expected to be sentenced next month. His attorneys have said he will appeal. If given jail time, he will also lose his license to practice medicine in Texas.

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