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The Misconduct Case That Won't Go Away

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Science  05 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5442, pp. 1076-1077
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5442.1076

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Last year, the University of Arizona (UA) abruptly dismissed Marguerite Kay, a prominent researcher on aging, after a series of faculty-led investigations concluded that Kay had manipulated data and seriously mismanaged her lab. But supporters nationwide are rallying to her cause, and a legal decision is pending. Her foremost advocate insists that the scientific misconduct charges against Kay were played up by administrators who resented Kay's challenges to their decisions on lab resources and service fees. The former UA vice president for research, who coordinated the initial Kay investigation, however, says these allegations are unfounded.