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December 8, 1993

US Government Inquiry Bodies Dismiss Scientific Misconduct Charges Against AIDS Researchers

JAMA. 1993;270(22):2665-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510220017005

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THE TWO longest-standing cases of scientific misconduct have been shelved. One case, that of Mikulas Popovic, MD, was dismissed by a Department of Health and Human Services appeals board after holding a hearing on the charges; in the second case, that of Robert Gallo, MD, the misconduct charges have been dropped by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Both scientists worked on AIDS and other research at the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology of the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md. Gallo is the head of the laboratory.

Even as the ORI announced that it was dropping its charges of misconduct by Gallo on the grounds that it would have been, it says, "extraordinarily difficult" to win the case—although Congress may decide to reinvestigate the entire matter—lawyers for the Pasteur Institute in France announced that they intend to continue their efforts to obtain a higher percentage of the royalties from the