Anderson, Christopher. "Fraudbuster Foreswears Food," Science 260 (21 May 1993), p. 1063.

 

Anderson, Christopher. "Fraudbuster Foreswears Food," Science 260 (21 May 1993), p. 1063.

Here in its entirety is the article on Stewart's hunger strike.

When officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced last month that they were
closing down the controversial fraudbusting operation of NIH scientists Walter Stewart and Ned
Feder (Science, 16 April, p. 288), researchers believed that a long, strange chapter in NIH history
was coming to an end. But now the tale has taken a new twist: Stewart has stopped eating. To
protest NIH's lock-up of the pair's misconduct files and the treatment given various other
misconduct cases and issues, Stewart last week started a water-only hunger strike.

Stewart began fasting on 10 May, the day NIH officials had the locks changed on the lab he
shared with Feder at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK). The two have since drawn up a list of demands they want met, including reinstatement
to their former jobs and access to their files, which Stewart says contain data submitted by
whistleblowers and scientists wrongly accused of fraud. The statement also demands an
"institutional commitment to get to the bottom of why these injustices occur so frequently."

L. Earl Lawrence, acting deputy director of NIDDK, says that he has not yet seen the statement.
But he says he's "concerned" for Stewart. "I can only hope [Stewart] will decide to pursue his
concerns in a more standard way." What if NIH refuses the request? "That would be a shame,"
Stewart says, adding he "can't say exactly" what he would do then."