It is reported here that the University of Pittsburgh Research Integrity Panel concluded that Dr. Gerald Schatten didn’t intentionally fabricate data, but he committed “research misbehavior” in signing his name to Dr. Hwang Woo-suk’s work in South Korea.
The panel found Schatten, as co-author with Hwang on a 2005 article in the journal Science, “did not exercise a sufficiently critical perspective as a scientist.” By not properly checking the veracity of the paper, Schatten committed “a serious failure that facilitated the publication” of the work, the panel said….
The report was also critical of Schatten’s acceptance of $40,000 from Hwang over 15 months, including $10,000 in cash while attending a press conference after the 2005 paper was published…
The report details how Schatten helped Hwang gain recognition, something the panel said likely encouraged Hwang to offer Schatten authorship of the paper. Schatten nominated Hwang for foreign membership in the United States National Academy of Sciences and with others for a Nobel Prize.
The panel also noted another example of Schatten putting his name to a paper where he seemed to have little or no input. In a Hwang paper on the cloning of a dog, Schatten’s only contribution as co-author was to suggest that a professional photographer take the dog’s picture, the panel said. Independent tests indicate Hwang’s claims to have cloned a dog are true.