‘Asian’ Scientists Removed from MD Anderson
by Greg Portz MedPage Today
After a nudge by the NIH, MD Anderson Cancer Center sacked three of the five scientists from Asia whom federal officials say were plotting to steal research from the U.S. Another of the scientists was reprimanded, and the fifth is still under investigation, according to Science in collaboration with the Houston Chronicle.
Since last year, the NIH has sought to combat foreign influence — particularly Chinese influence, Science points out — in federally funded research. MD Anderson took action to terminate these specific scientists after the NIH requested they look into their activities. The call to action followed a two-year FBI investigation with MD Anderson that included accessing faculty email and one occurrence of video surveillance, Science and the Houston Chronicle report.
MD Anderson President Peter Pisters only described the unnamed scientists as “Asian” — Science confirmed three were ethnically Chinese. Pisters’ comment led to worries of racial profiling at the facility, which officials have tried to quell.