“Asian” Researchers Ousted in Misconduct Probe

A top cancer center in Houston, Texas ousted 3 Chinese senior researchers amid NIH claims that they violated agency rules around confidentiality and disclosure of foreign ties.

The departures mark the latest development in the NIH crackdown on misconduct, launched amid fears that other countries—namely China—are “taking unfair advantage of federally funded research,” reports Mara Hvistendahl.

MD Anderson has worked with the FBI for several years on undisclosed investigations possibly linked the staffers’ departure.

The NIH says its inquiries have triggered investigations at dozens of institutions; MD Anderson is the first known to have resulted in termination proceedings.

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