Duke University Settles With Cancer Patients After Genetic Research Scandal

May 4, 2015

Duke University has settled a lawsuit with the families of eight cancer patients who participated in bogus genetic trials.
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Duke University settled a lawsuit with eight cancer patients and their families after a former researcher conducted phony genetic trials.

Disgraced former Duke oncologist Anil Potti conducted genetic research for personalized cancer treatments until 2010.

Potti and his team were accused of falsifying data. Soon after, The Cancer Letter reported that Potti lied about scientific honors he received.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that Potti's team was trying to commercially develop cancer tests while using information that it should have known to be false.

A statement from the university says the specific terms of the settlement are confidential, and no other suits are pending. Duke has not commented on its investigation into the program's scientific misconduct.