Former Iowa State University researcher Dong-Pyou Han leaves the federal courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Han, who pleaded guilty in February from making false statements about a potential HIV vaccine in research reports, was sentenced Wednesday (July 1, 2015) in federal court in Des Moines to a 4 and a half years in prison and must repay a federal government agency more than $7 million.
His defense lawyer, Joseph Herrold, says Han initially accidentally mixed a human blood with rabbit blood making a potential vaccine appear to increase an immune defense against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Herrold says Han continued to spike the results to avoid disappointing his mentor after the scientific community became excited about a potential AIDS vaccine.
But oh well, sorry folks, that wasn’t promising after all!
via Nature and Washington Post