Dong-Pyou Han, the researcher who is criminally charged with falsifying data to get millions of dollars in federal research grant money, has entered a not guilty plea. Han was involved in a research project for an AIDS vaccine that led to breakthroughs that were later deemed to be fake. See my earlier post here for more info on why this was a big deal and how it all went down. Huffington Post has a great news article summarizing what happened in court by David Pitt.
According to prosecutors, Han wrote a letter to university officials before he resigned last fall in which he confessed that he had spiked samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to have great promise. Han told them he started the fraud in 2009 “because he wanted (results) to look better” and that he acted alone. “I was foolish, coward, and not frank,” he allegedly wrote.