After more than a year of pressure from PETA, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has finally retracted a study by animal experimenter Nagendra Ningaraj, who deliberately falsified the results of deadly experiments on mice while he was at Vanderbilt University.
According to an investigation by the federal Office of Research Integrity, Ningaraj gave mice brain tumors, injected them with Minoxidil (yes, the hair-regrowth chemical in Rogaine!), and then killed the mice and dissected their brains. When the results weren’t what he had hoped for, he mislabeled images of mice brains and misrepresented results from other experiments before presenting his fraudulent data at an annual meeting of the AACR.
This isn’t the first time that PETA has succeeded in ensuring that animal experimenters who lie about their data are held accountable. Puppy mutilator Gerardo Paez fabricated data when his federal grant–funded eye experiments didn’t yield the results that he wanted. PETA asked the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology to retract Paez’s so-called “findings,” and it did.
There you have it, Ningaraj—winners never cheat and cheaters never win.
Written by Michelle Sherrow