AIDS Research Was Fake All Along – What Other Research Has Been Faked?


AIDS researcher Dr. Dong-Pyou Han used to be an assistant professor of Biomedical Services. He just resigned his position  at Iowa State University after admitting that his much-lauded and  awarded cure for AIDS was faked all along. One cannot help but wonder how much other research may have also been faked over the years.

All a media story has to do is cite a research study and people generally assume it is the gospel truth. However, this story is not only big for the world of AIDS research, it has huge implications for the enterprise of science in general. The whole point of scientific research is to sustain a democracy of systematic inquiry. The peer review process and collegial teamwork is supposed to ensure findings are accurate and as objective as possible. Somehow, the possibility of research fraud taking place is overlooked by most people most of the time.

Dr. Dong-Pyou Han was one member of a team of scientists that had been led by Dr. Michael Cho, also a professor of Biomedical Services. The fraud had been originally fabricated to create false findings that were submitted for a research grant. The findings were so exciting it appeared the Cho team had found a cure for AIDS. Researchers at the university, including Dr. Dong-Pyou Han and the Cho team, subsequently received $19 million in federal grants to pursue the research.

Since it was a grant, the money does not ever have to be paid back – it was free money, so to speak. So far, the rest of the Cho team is swearing that they knew nothing about the fraud.

Exactly how did Dr. Dong-Pyou Han perpetrate scientific fraud? How did he succeed in making it appear as though he was a part of the Cho team’s successful bid to find a cure for AIDS?

Believe it or not, Dr. Dong-Pyou Han decided to take human blood from HIV positive people who were producing antibodies for AIDS, and mix it into rabbit blood. Suddenly, the experiment to find a cure for AIDS now appeared to be a success. Using the tainted rabbit’s blood, Dr. Dong-Pyou Han was able to make it look as though the vaccine he had developed had caused the rabbits’ bodies to build up defenses against the virus.

The faux experiment was described in the Federal Registry, which reported this news was the result of an official University investigation. Dr. Dong-Pyou Han has delivered a full confession. It had taken several years for the Cho team to become aware of the fraud, but eventually, the democracy of systematic investigation caught up with the evil Dr. Dong-Pyou Han. When team members could not replicate the original research, those rabbit blood samples were re-tested.

Until then, the scientific community had held up the Cho team’s research as presenting a significant advance in the fight to quell the global AIDS epidemic.

The federal government announced their finding of misconduct in research supported by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grants P01 AI074286, R33 AI076083, and U19 AI091031. Han has agreed to “… exclude himself from any federal contracts for the next three years.” That’s it? What about the $19 million?

One cannot help but wonder: if this AIDS research was fake all along, then what are the odds this has happened before? What other research has been faked? We know of several cases in recent years of research being falsified. However, it is the ones we do not know about that are the most troubling. What are the odds that no one has ever faked any other research? It would be impossible to believe that we found out every time it has happened, and that all other research findings are pristine, objective and impartial. Maybe peer review is not enough. Maybe long-term confirmation of research findings should become institutionalized in the 21st century practice of science. In this case, it would have prevented throwing away $19 million of taxpayer money.

By Alex Durig


7 Responses to "AIDS Research Was Fake All Along – What Other Research Has Been Faked?"

  1. Red hawk   December 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Not suprising, since 1980 you can barely believe science anymore, at least not without throurough research, Today it seems to be important to come into the limelight quick and get money fast and easy. but this has never worked i serious research. At the moment I just dont´t know much about other vaccines, but I recommend to read the book of Robert Whitaker : “Anatomy of an epidemic”, There is a lot of information how drugcompanies fake results on research with help of doctors ans scientists to make more money.
    Interesting that the Cho team found that people who where AIDS positiv had antibodies in there blod. Nature is strong and finds a way, but maybe the information that the virus kills you in the end is the culprit. That is called the nocebo effect.( Woodoo effect) It is known that if you believe in WooDoo it will kill you. For interested people read Whitakers book and you will understand. If the doctor tells you, you have a desease that is lifelong and you have to take medicine lifelong and you believe your doctor and not the power of your own body, than you are an exellent guineapig for Pharma industri.
    It is time that we the people expose these fraud mongering systems and get rid of them otherwise they will kill us or keep us as obedient slaves.

  2. Wild Bill   December 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Why isn’t he being charged for fraud and theft and sent to jail?

    • Alex Durig   December 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Wild Bill, I was wondering the same thing.

  3. Jon Mason   December 27, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Scientists are no different than the rest of us. The boss upstairs demands documented results in order to hold people accountable. If the boss is particularly demanding, he says “I want this yesterday.” A smart employee back dates everything to three days ago and tells the boss that it must have gotten lost in the paperwork.

    The Federal Government only thinks one election cycle ahead. The Feds do not care about results. All they care about is shutting up some gay guy’s grandmother who wants a cure. As long as we preserve the image of making progress, everybody is happy. The researchers tell the Feds what they want to hear. Then, Grandma hears what she needs to hear. If the $19 M shut up a million upset people across the nation, then it was a wise political move.

    • Darrel   December 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Except this tarnishes the scientific community as a whole. The whole point of research is to better understand nature and find ways to work with nature to better our lives. By distorting results, he has severely destroyed the research for several scientists, as well as evoked inappropriate hope in hearts across the nation — both in fellow researchers, doctors, patients, and loved ones of patients who had read his published journal.

      It destroys the credibility of his fellow colleagues, who supposedly had no clue that their data was being tempered with, as well as the credibility of the school and the journal which published this paper.

      Research is serious business in the community and blotched results are not to be taken lightly at all.

      Had he not lied in the first place, other schools would not have wasted time, energy and money trying to duplicate his experiment. Other scientists who used his paper as a reference to their own hypothesis and proposal are now in a bind because this paper was significant in methods and techniques.

      Anyone who read this published journal is now at a severe loss, and that is never worth it. Everyone suffers because of this.

  4. Alex Durig   December 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    featherknife, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  5. featherknife   December 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Three years? This piece of trash needs to be stripped of his degrees, and banned from all medical practice or research for life. Anything less would be an outrage.


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