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Scientist who faked AIDS research loses bid for sentence cut

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court has refused to order a lower sentence for a former Iowa State University scientist who faked AIDS vaccine research results.

Dong-Pyou Han had been sentenced in July to serve 57 months in prison. The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that Han's lawyer said in his appeal that the sentence was unreasonable. The appellate court disagreed in its ruling this week.

Han entered a plea agreement in February admitting guilt to two counts of making false statements.

A group of researchers at Harvard University found in January 2013 the promising results Han and his research team had reported were achieved with rabbit blood spiked with human antibodies.


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