Research misconduct news

Medical journal The Lancet has retracted a 1998 study linking autism in children to the MMR vaccine after The General Medical of the UK concluded that one of the authors, Andrew Wakefield, engaged in research misconduct as well as mistreatment of patients.  Wakefield currently runs an autism center in Austin, TX.

Meanwhile, a panel of University of Pennsylvania administrators has cleared researcher Michael Mann of some charges of scientific misconduct related to the alleged destruction of climate change research results.  They have convened a panel of faculty to look into the specifics of the charges that are beyond the scientific expertise of the first panel.  Results of that investigation are expected in 4 months.

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