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Scientist faked AIDS research funded with $19M in taxpayer money by spiking rabbit blood

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posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 08:05 PM
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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.

www.dailymail.co.uk...

The research team received a total of $19 million in federal grants over the years to develop a cure for AIDS.
More than half of the money was awarded to ISU after Han had reported his doctored results showing rabbits buildings defenses against the HIV virus.

According to the Federal officials, the rest of the ISU research team was kept in the dark about Han's scheme.
Of the $19million awarded to ISU for AIDS research, about $4million has yet to be spent.

And what was his punishment?
All it says is that Dr. Han resigned and agreed to exclude himself from any federally funded research for a period of three years beginning November 25, 2013.

WOW!! That's all that is required from him?
To resign and wait 3 yrs. ??

What a cruel joke to play on the people who suffer from HIV, thinking that there may be a cure in sight.
Not to mention the taxpayers




edit on 30-12-2013 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)




posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 08:08 PM
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What a cruel joke on the taxpayers who paid out 19 million in funding to this jerkwad while we have people unemployed and hungry.



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 08:15 PM
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Ameilia
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What a cruel joke on the taxpayers who paid out 19 million in funding to this jerkwad while we have people unemployed and hungry.


Amen to that

And he wasn't convicted of any crime
So, falsifying and mixing blood for the research tests isn't a crime?
Good to know
*shakes head*



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 08:23 PM
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It's not only incredible that he doesn't go to jail for that, he can do it again in 3 years? pfft! I can't believe it.

sigh.

But the article made me raise my eyebrows when I read he used blood from people who had developed antibodies against the HIV virus...

Are there many people that developed a defense, and

...isn't that with anti-bodies coming from "someone" that vaccines used to be done? Pasteur did it for rabies, no?

What has changed since then that this technique don't work anymore? Virus evolved, or a scam did?...

Thanks



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 08:40 PM
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How is it possible that the head of the project, Dr. Michael Cho, knew nothing? How is it possible that the rest of the research team knew nothing? Dr. Dong-Pyou Han would have had to have been a 24/7 man for this to be so. Something doesn't make sense.

Also, according to the story, more than half of the $19 million in federal grants was awarded prior to peer review. That doesn't make any sense either.

Something missing here.



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 09:30 PM
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Lots of bad desperate people in the world.

What really bothers me is what if he did develop a working vaccine uisng taxpayer money. What mechanism is in place to return those profits back to the taxpayer? I don't think one exists. Some drug company will end up with the rights and the taxpayer sees nothing of the profits although they funded it. Isn't capitalism great? And that's also why things like this happen...because we treat medicine as a profit machine.



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 09:36 PM
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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.



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 09:39 PM
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They must investigate all scientist instead of doing their job to make a cure other scientist is just dragging their research for secure years of jobs and money,



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 10:14 PM
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ketsuko
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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.


I don't think he was saying no one should make a profit. I think he was saying the taxpayers who funded the research should be the first to reap the benefits and profits. At least that was my take on what he said.



posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 10:34 PM
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A standard AIDS test works by detecting the presence of antibodies to the virus. The reason why those antibodies can't kill the virus is because it targets the immune system for its replication and it mutates readily making it pretty difficult for your steadily weakening immune system to mount any kind of effective response as your body rapidly becomes home to multiple strains of HIV.

Basically, what they were likely doing is first hypothetically injecting the rabbits with their vaccine strain then checking them for evidence of challenge (basically proof that the animal was infected and fought it off) a certain number of days later. If their vaccine was good and provoking a successful response, there would be antibodies. This is where the spiking of blood comes in. If it's not, then they wouldn't find anything or at least they wouldn't find what they were looking for at the expected levels or effective levels.

Probably what they are searching for is one key protein on the virus that never changes no matter how many times it mutates. If you could hypothetically find that needle in the haystack and find a way to create and antibody that targets it specifically ... then you have found the vaccine you are looking for. But the odds of being able to find this are very much stacked against you.



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