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February 10, 1993

Inquiry Finds Misconduct by Virus Researcher; Gallo Predicts Appeal Will Overturn Finding

JAMA. 1993;269(6):723-724. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500060015004

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ROBERT C. GALLO, MD, and his associate Mikulas Popovic, MD, have been found guilty of scientific misconduct by the Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Gallo has announced that he will appeal and says he expects "to have the finding overturned." At press time, Popovic had just decided to appeal.

Working at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md, the two researchers played key roles in the isolation, identification, and propagation of the virus, now called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that is believed to cause the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The report issued by the Office of Research Integrity (in accordance with standing procedures for reviewing such investigations) is the culmination of 3 years of investigation and inquiry by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Scientific Integrity, the predecessor of the present office. It reverses an investigation that ended in March 1992