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An Iowa State University assistant professor has stepped down after being accused of faking the results of an AIDS study by mixing human and rabbit blood to the tune of millions of federal dollars.
Biomedical researcher Dr. Dong-Pyou Han resigned from his post at the university in October after admitting to falsifying research that has generated $19million in federal grants over the years.
According to Dr James Bradac, of the National Institutes of Health, Han added human blood components to rabbit blood, making it appear as if the animals were developing resistance to the HIV virus.
Bradac, who oversees federal AIDS vaccine grants, called it the worst case of scientific fraud he had seen in 24 years, The Des Moines Register reported.
The human blood that was surreptitiously added to rabbits' blood came from people whose bodies had produced antibodies to HIV, thus skewing the results of the experiment.
Han's so-called breakthrough made headlines in the scientific community, raising the possibility that an AIDS vaccine was not far off.
But the scientist’s brazen gambit began falling apart when other researchers were unable to replicate his results.
reply to post by snarky412
What a cruel joke on the taxpayers who paid out 19 million in funding to this jerkwad while we have people unemployed and hungry.
reply to post by sligtlyskeptical
If no one is allowed to make any money off it at all, how do you make it?
Where do you find the facility that can produce it completely gratis?
Energy costs money. Raw materials cost money. Workers deserve to be paid for their time.
Vaccines aren't exactly easy or cheap to produce.
Even if you disallow all profit the end result must still cost something to allow it to be produced.