Former Iowa State University scientist sent to prison this week. Dong-Pyou Han faked an AIDS research, which landed him a sentence of 4 and half years in prison and a fine of $7 million.
The former university scientist pleading to guilty to the allegations in February, he admitted making false statements in research reports about potential HIV vaccine.
The federal court in Dec Moines sentenced him on Wednesday.
Dong-Pyou’s defense lawyer, Joseph Herrold claimed that Dong-Pyou accidentally mixed rabbit and human blood making a potential vaccine appear to increase immunity against HIV.
He went on to add that Don-Pyou continued to add the rabbit blood in order to avoid disappointing his mentors after the scientific community became hopeful about a potential HIV vaccine.
CDC estimates that 1,201,100 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 168,300 (14%) who are unaware of their infection1. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level—particularly among certain groups.
An estimated 13,712 people with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2012, and approximately 658,507 people in the United States with an AIDS diagnosis have died overall.