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Arrest of Ex-Harvard Postdocs Raises Questions of Ownership

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Science  28 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5577, pp. 2310-2311
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5577.2310

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BOSTON-- Two former Harvard University researchers face up to 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for allegedly conspiring to steal Harvard-owned trade secrets and for shipping university property across state lines. The defendants were arrested last week and are in jail in California pending extradition to Massachusetts. But some researchers have expressed sympathy for the defendants and worry that the government is overreacting.