The researcher accused of manipulating his reagents to ‘show his HIV vaccine strategy worked’ admitted he did it:
Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to have great promise.
And the government is prosecuting him for it:
Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.
Well, I mean, thats nice. I support this, 100%.
The NIH rarely, *rarely*, pursues criminal charges for fraudulent work.
So why this guy? Why now?
I have no idea who Dong-Pyou Han is. Its not like it was a Big Name in HIV vaccine research making things up. Han is no Beatrice Hahn or Peter Kwong. Sure he wanted to be a Big Dog, and was willing to cheat to get there, but its not like his work was a massive influence on the field.
Im actually having difficulty finding much at all from the guy, other than his miraculous/fake findings. A handful of middle-author papers.
So why, *exactly* are they prosecuting this guy?
I am all for prosecuting scientific misconduct. But this seems like an empty, arbitrary gesture. *shrug*