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U.S.: Cancer Researcher Falsified Data

BOSTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine Cancer Research Center fabricated data in two papers published in scientific journals, authorities say.

Federal authorities say former BU Assistant Professor Sheng Wang engaged in research misconduct in projects supported by two federal grants from the National Cancer Institute, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Wang fabricated experiments used in six out of seven figures in one paper and six out of eight figures in the other, a finding issued by the Office of Research Integrity of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

Wang no longer works at BU, his employment having ended July 15, a university spokeswoman said, adding she could not comment on the terms under which he left.

Wang has agreed to retract the two papers in question, the university said.

“The retraction of these articles is in accordance with a decision reached by the Office of Research Integrity,” a university statement said. “ORI’s decision resulted from an internal review process initiated by Boston University in accordance with institutional policy and federal regulations.”

Wang will not be eligible for or involved in federally funded research for two years, the ORI said.

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