Friday, July 23, 2010

Dirty Dr. Potti

Dr. Anil Potti would be a great subject for this blog just for his name. But, it gets even better: Cancer genomic researcher Dr. Anil Potti falsely claimed to be a Rhodes scholar in a grant application to the American Cancer Society, which awarded him $729,000 in research funding.

So he lied on the grant application. Maybe he also falsified research data. Thirty-one of his colleagues recommended ending three cancer trials based on his work because of "serious errors" in his science. The other researchers were not able to reproduce his results in their own labs. Enrollment in the trials has been halted and Dr. Potti has been suspended as an associate professor at Duke University.

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