Duke Univ. Received $119M From EPA Based on Falsified Data

2017/07/02 – Responding to whistleblower’s claims, Duke admits research data falsification – Durham Herald Sun

In-house investigators at Duke University believe a former lab tech falsified or fabricated data that went into 29 medical research reports, lawyers for the university say in their answer to a federal whistleblower lawsuit against it.

Duke’s admissions concern the work of Erin Potts-Kant, and a probe it began in 2013 when she was implicated in an otherwise-unrelated embezzlement. The lawsuit, from former lab analyst Joseph Thomas, contends Duke and some of its professors used the phony data to fraudulently obtain federal research grants.


The committee reviewed at least 36 research reports, and in many cases found that she’d tinkered with data before sending it along other investigators. In a few, she simply made things up, Duke said.

Duke, UNC, and NC State received EPA grants over $100 million to each school based on this bogus information.

These are the experts that people quote for information and policy purposes. I know they are all not dishonest, but some of them are.

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