An Iowa State University professor was forced to resign after it was discovered that he falsified research to make it appear as though rabbit blood cured AIDS.
Dr. Dong-Pyou Han’s faulty research came to light after a joint investigation by the university and the Department of Health and Human Services. They were investigating because the research, which had been funded by a portion of a $19 million National Institutes of Health grant, showed promise in helping to end the AIDS epidemic.
According to the Ames Tribune:
Dr. James Bradac, who oversees AIDS research for the National Institutes of Health, said Han’s initial findings, developed with support from the first two grants, were a “unique discovery.”
“The serum from the rabbits made neutralizing antibodies that could neutralize HIV,” Bradac said.
He said the NIH sent the serum to another lab which confirmed the findings…
“It was during their quality control that they did some tests and determined the rabbit serum contained human antibodies,” Bradac said.
Aside from being let go from his post, Han signed an affidavit that will forbid him from asking for research support for several years. Bradac said he also, “agreed to exclude himself from any federal contracts for the next three years or to serve in any advisory capacity with the U.S. Public Health Service.”
That’s it?! He just can’t ask for research money for a few years? I feel that with such a huge lie and with so much public money involved, there should be some jail time. People serve time for much less.