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.
…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.
…Han’s so-called breakthrough made headlines in the scientific community, raising the possibility that an AIDS vaccine was not far off.
…Dr Cho has not been implicated in the fraud case and does not face any disciplinary measures.
…There is a possibly that the federal government would ask the university to repay the money, but Bradac, of NIH, said it would be a highly unusual move.
After resigning from ISU October 4, Dr. Han agreed to exclude himself from any federally funded research for a period of three years beginning November 25, 2013.
At the end of the day, everything is branched to the fundamental error of HIV being the cause of AIDS.
[Source: Daily Mail]