JOURNAL CITES NEW EVIDENCE EX-MIT SCIENTIST FAKED DATA
Author: By Richard Saltus, Globe Staff
Federal investigators in the research misconduct case of a former
Massachusetts Institute of Technology biologist have uncovered new evidence of
deliberate fabrication of data, according to a report in this week's issue of
the British journal Nature.
Quoting unnamed sources, the journal reported that the National Institutes
of Health requested Secret Service investigators to examine computer tapes
containing data in experiments conducted by Thereza Imanishi-Kari, now at
Tufts University. The NIH's Office of Scientific Integrity has been carrying
out an investigation of a 1987 research paper co-authored by Imanishi-Kari and
David Baltimore, then director of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge and now
president of Rockefeller University in New York.
While the NIH investigation is still incomplete, Nature reported that
forensic analysis showed that a number of the computer data tapes for the
experiment were not created on the dates given, and some were made before the
experiments described in lab notebooks were carried out.
Bruce Singal, a Boston attorney for Imanishi-Kari, said the Nature account
is "highly inaccurate" and conflicts with what he, Singal, was told when he
called the Office of Scientific Integrity. "I was assured by OSI that they
were continuing the investigation, that they had reached no conclusions
regarding my client, and they would not do so until after having an
opportunity to interview her," Singal said.
The NIH report is not expected to appear for a number of weeks, said an NIH