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Imanishi-Kari Ruling Slams ORI

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Science  28 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5270, pp. 1864-1866
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5270.1864


Tufts University immunologist Thereza Imanishi-Kari ended “a decade in limbo” when a government board cleared her of 19 charges that she committed scientific misconduct in connection with a 1986 paper in Cell. In ruling that the “preponderance of the evidence” did not support the government's case against her, an appeals panel of the Department of Health and Human Services was sharply critical of the actions of HHS's Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which it said presented evidence that was often “irrelevant, of limited probative value, internally inconsistent … or based on unwarranted assumptions.”