By Robert Service
Friday, September 14, 2007
It looks as though bubble fusion researcher Rusi Taleyarkhan of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, will go under the microscope after all. Last week, Purdue officials announced that an internal panel has concluded that allegations of research misconduct warrant a full investigation.
The latest inquiry was prompted by a request from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which helped fund some of Taleyarkhan's work, and follows congressional criticism of Purdue's handling of the alleged misconduct. The decision reverses a previous inquiry by the university that recommended against a full investigation (Science, 16 February, p. 921). Purdue expects to begin the investigation once it hears back from ONR officials.
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