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Scientist admits faking HIV cure to get millions in grants

Scientist admits faking HIV cure to get millions in grants

A scientist is being forced to resign after he admitted to faking a HIV cure to get millions of dollars in grants.

Dr Dong-Pyou Han, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences from Iowa State University, claimed rabbit blood could end the global AIDS epidemic.

He spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit medicine produced disease-fighting antibodies.

The National Institutes of Health donated a part of $19 million (€13.8 million) in grants to help develop the bogus findings, describing it as a ‘unique discovery’.

When other researchers could not duplicate Han’s results, it raised suspicions.

The NIH uncovered the scam when it checked the rabbit serum at a lab and found the human antibodies.

Han has resigned from his university post, and has agreed to not seek government contracts for three years.