MU: Researcher Used Doctored Photos to Back Up Project

9 years 4 months 1 week ago July 27, 2007 Jul 27, 2007 Friday, July 27 2007 Friday, July 27, 2007 8:33:28 AM CDT in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of Missouri says a research scientist fabricated photos to support his hypothesis for a project he led while at the Columbia campus. The university found that post-doctoral researcher Kaushik Deb falsified research on how embryonic stem cells divide. A paper on his findings was published in the February 2006 issue of Science magazine. A letter written by three other authors of the study to explain the misconduct was published by the magazine yesterday. Flaws in the research came to light when scientists outside the university questioned the authenticity of some of the photos Debs used in his study. Later investigators found that he used a software program to doctor images of mouse embryos.

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