Albany Times-Union, "No Prosecution in Scientific Fraud Case," Albany Times-Union, 14 July

 

Albany Times-Union, "No Prosecution in Scientific Fraud Case," Albany Times-Union, 14 July
1992, p. A-3.

"Associated Press, New York - A Nobel Prize winner embroiled in the nation's most notorious
allegation of scientific fraud claimed Monday he has been vindicated by a U.S. prosecutor's
decision not to take the case to court.

"The Prosecutor sharply disagreed, saying the decision not to seek a criminal indictment had no
bearing on the validity of the scientific research. "I do consider this a complete vindication of my
own position" that there was no fraud said the scientist, David Baltimore, a professor at
Rockefeller University in New York City. Told of Baltimore's comments, Richard D. Bennett,
the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said, "Anyone that who take a decision to prosecute or not
prosecute as being a complete vindication within the scientific community is probably
misspeaking."

"The dispute involved a scientific paper published in 1986 by Baltimore and Thereza
Imanishi-Kari, who were at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"On Monday, Bennet announced he would not seek to indict Imanishi-Kari.

"The paper dealt with a potentially important new method of simulating the body to produce
defenses against disease.

"Shortly after the paper appeared, Margot O'Toole, a student in Imanishi-Kari's laboratory,
charged that the data in Imanishi-Kari's notebooks did not support the findings in the published
research.

"The matter was ultimately investigated by Congress and by the National Institutes of Health. In
a preliminary report leaked to reporters last year, the National Institutes of Health concluded that
Imanishi-Kari had falsified data.

"Even though Baltimore has not been accused of wrongdoing, the taint of the scandal forced him
to resign last year as president of Rockefeller University."