In DepthScientific Misconduct

Karolinska to reopen inquiry into surgeon's work

Science  05 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6273, pp. 546
DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6273.546

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Summary

Last summer, the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm cleared star surgeon Paolo Macchiarini of charges that he had overstated the success of his pioneering artificial trachea implants in a series of scientific papers. But KI may reopen its investigation into Macchiarini's work after a chilling three-part documentary on Swedish television suggested that he didn't fully inform his patients about the risks of his operations. Eight patients have received the implants; six have died. The film also raises questions about the way KI managers have handled the scandal so far; the institute's board of directors is expected to demand an independent investigation.

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