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RRC E-Alerts: January 2018

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◆ The HHS Office of Research Integrity announced Dec. 8 that it had reached a settlement agreement with Mathew Endo, formerly a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, related to falsifications and/or fabrications he made in a paper submitted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to ORI, the paper, “Amphotericin primarily kills human cells by binding and extracting cholesterol,” was withdrawn before it underwent peer review. Endo’s actions included causing “falsified and/or fabricated results to be recorded by knowingly requesting biological testing of a mixture of compounds that he falsely claimed to be a single compound” and sharing false results of experiments with his advisor. The notice does not state when these events occurred. Endo agreed that he would submit a plan for supervision should he be engaged in any research funded by Public Health Service during a three-year period beginning Nov. 16. He also will not advise the agency during this period. (12/14/17)

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