In DepthForeign Influence

Florida center details fired scientists' links to China

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Science  24 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6476, pp. 351-352
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6476.351

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Six Florida cancer researchers who were dismissed last month for hiding their ties to a Chinese medical university appear to have been motivated by simple greed and a disregard for both institutional and federal rules. A report last week from the Moffitt Cancer Center describes how one longtime Moffitt researcher, a Chinese American, recruited four colleagues, including Moffitt CEO Alan List, to participate in Chinese foreign talent recruitment programs. But none of the researchers disclosed those relationships—or the personal payments they received—to Moffitt, a nonprofit private entity created by Florida in 1981, or to the National Institutes of Health, which last year awarded Moffitt $36 million in grants. The report also notes that some of the participants saw List's involvement as an indication that Moffitt condoned such behavior.

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