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As Questions Grow, Duke Halts Trials, Launches Investigation

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Science  06 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5992, pp. 614-615
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5992.614

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A pair of biostatisticians' questions about a prominent genetics group at Duke University have not only raised doubts about a popular method of tumor analysis but also led to accusations that a cancer researcher had padded his resumé. Clinical trials at Duke based on these methods have been suspended, Duke is investigating the researcher in question, and there are calls for a general review of the field.