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Disgraced Duke researcher settles malpractice claims

Posted January 2, 2012

— A former Duke University cancer researcher has settled almost a dozen malpractice claims recently, according to the North Carolina Medical Board.

Anil Potti came under scrutiny in 2010 after questions arose that he had falsely claimed to be a Rhodes Scholar and then about the scientific integrity of his research. He resigned several months later.

Two published papers based on his research were retracted after a collaborator said the results of Potti's work couldn't be reproduced.

The medical board, which has found Potti guilty of "unprofessional conduct," said he has settled 11 malpractice claims for at least $75,000 each. The board is reviewing the care that led to each settlement.


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  • stevee2 Jan 3, 2012

    You're talking Here, kinda disproves your point!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 3, 2012

    This is the beauty of science. If someone fakes their data, there are 10 other educated professionals proving him wrong.

    It's a constantly evolving, self-healing system.

    This is the polar opposite of supernatural dogma that never changes no matter what evidence is presented. (e.g. snakes don't talk, a single wooden ship cannot hold every creature on earth, bats are not birds, insects don't have four legs, etc.)

  • ian3141 Jan 3, 2012

    "Two published papers based on his research were retracted ..."

    The number of Potti's papers retracted now stands at 7.


  • ELEIGH Jan 3, 2012

    He is working as a doctor in South Carolina now. OMG


  • Rebelyell55 Jan 3, 2012

    The sad part is he's not locked up for what he did.

  • djofraleigh Jan 3, 2012

    I hate it when science is so abused...

  • not my real name Jan 3, 2012

    now his career is in the potti

  • redrubberball1 Jan 3, 2012

    And once again, the lesson of, "oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive".

  • udaycoosay Jan 2, 2012

    Anil Potti needs to change his name.

  • mfarmer1 Jan 2, 2012

    Anil Potti has a website.