Duke Professor Says Former Cancer Researcher Intentionally Falsified Data

Anil Potti, MD, former researcher at Duke University in Durham, N.C., has been accused of purposely falsifying data, according to a Chronicle report.

Dr. Potti's former mentor and professor of cancer genomics, Joseph Nevins, PhD, told "60 Minutes" that Dr. Potti had manipulated data to support his theory that genomics could be used to treat tumors.

Dr. Potti resigned from the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and the School of Medicine in November 2010 following claims he had falsified qualifications on applications for federal funding and his resume, according to the report.

Currently, there are two pending lawsuits against Dr. Potti, Duke and others related to his research. The university is also conducting an ongoing investigation of Dr. Potti.

Dr. Nevins collaborated and co-authored several research papers with Dr. Potti. His statement on "60 Minutes" was the first time he indicated Dr. Potti intentionally falsified data.

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