Resveratrol researcher faked data, report says; what drives academic fraud?

Los Angeles Times:

A University of Connecticut researcher who worked on the health benefits of a chemical in red wine fabricated data in 145 separate research projects, a three-year investigation has found.

University officials have notified 11 scientific journal studies co-authored by Dipak Das, whose work focused on whether resveratrol — an antioxidant found in grape skin — can prevent coronary heart disease or kill cancer cells, according to the Boston Herald.

Resveratrol has been linked to these benefits in a number of studies — just recently, Times health writer Melissa Healy explained a study that showed obese men who took resveratrol in high doses saw their metabolic function improve and evidence of inflammation fall — almost as if they were becoming more “athletic” without raising a single dumbbell.

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Reporters are parroting what the University of Connecticut issued without obtaining Dr. Das’ side of the story. The U CONN report has many discrepancies in it. For example, the informant in this case had keys to Dr Das’ office while the university claims only Dr Das had keys.

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