Elitist University’s Fraud Exposed


(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Although elitist universities sell themselves as the cradle of excellence, a university cancer hospital is in the spotlight after a blogger revealed that several scientific papers authored by its researchers contained manipulated images.

In the wake of these findings, Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced plans to retract six studies and correct 31 others. The controversy has drawn attention to Dr. Laurie Glimcher, the institute’s president and CEO, whose four papers are among those scrutinized.

Molecular biologist and blogger Sholto David has pointed out issues in these papers, suggesting they played a significant role in Glimcher’s career development.

David’s blog, For Better Science, details how various scientific images in papers published between 1999 and 2017 were allegedly altered using Photoshop or by copying and pasting images to manipulate data.

One example he gives involves a 2012 study on bone marrow aspiration from cancer patients and healthy volunteers, where he highlights apparent duplications in the images. David questions the integrity of the data and the ethical implications of such practices.

The revelation comes alongside other challenges for Harvard, including the resignation of its former president, Claudine Gay, due to plagiarism allegations. Conservative activist Christopher Rufo has been vocal about these issues. He said this situation might be the tip of the iceberg regarding academic misconduct within elite institutions.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has contacted journals requesting retractions and corrections of some affected papers. However, Dana-Farber’s research integrity officer, Barrett Rollins, claimed to CNN that image discrepancies do not automatically show an intent to deceive. He asserted that a thorough, fact-based examination is needed to determine if errors were intentional or simply mistakes.

The institute is currently reviewing over 50 papers by three additional researchers, Dr. Kenneth Anderson, Dr. Irene Ghobrial, and Dr. William Hahn, to assess the extent of the issue.