ISU Researcher Resigns After Falsified Experiments

The Campanile at Iowa State University. (image via ISU's Web site)

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By Ellen Kurt

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University says an assistant professor has resigned after admitting he faked research to make it appear an AIDS vaccine under development was working better than expected.

The Des Moines Register reports an Iowa State spokesman confirmed Monday that Dong-Pyou Han resigned in October after admitting he'd added human blood components to rabbit blood to make it appear a vaccine was spurring animals to build defenses against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The human blood was from people whose bodies had produced antibodies to HIV.

University spokesman John McCarroll says after people raised concerns about the ISU experiments, research samples were tested and found to have been "spiked." Han then resigned. He couldn't be reach for comment.

The falsified results prompted more funding for the vaccine effort.

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