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Plagiarism Hunters Take Down Research Minister

Science  15 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6121, pp. 747
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6121.747

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When Annette Schavan, Germany's minister for science and education, resigned on 9 February, even politicians from opposition parties called the move "tragic." She is the latest in a string of officials here who have stepped down amid plagiarism allegations. But Schavan's case, centering on her 1980 dissertation in education studies, was less clear-cut than others, and it has opened up a debate in German academia.