Thursday, October 25, 2007

Trounson Hit with Malicious Attack

The incoming president for the California stem cell agency, Alan Trounson, is in the news again, this time as the target of a malicious, anonymous attack.

Here are the first three paragraphs of the story from the Australian:

"Monash University has condemned anonymous allegations that leading stem cell scientist Alan Trounson used fraudulent research to obtain federal funding as false and malicious.

"Professor Trounson and his colleagues at the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories said the charge was without substance.

"They expressed shock that someone claiming to be a stem cell researcher would make such allegations." Sphere: Related Content


  1. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Boy, you're really pushing that Australian story, aren't you? What's up with that?

  2. Mr. Gunn, Thanks for your comment. Are we pushing the Australian story? I don't think so. If anything, I have a bit of an aversion to the way it has been handled in the Australian media, which I commented on at one point. But the story does involve, however peripherally, the new president of a $6 billion (including interest) state agency. One of the purposes of this blog is to point to stories that could have an impact on this agency. And this one could. It also tells us something about public funding and scientific culture and standards. It seems clear that something went awry in the lung research that has now been suspended. Is there something valuable to be learned there? Probably, depending on how forthright Monash is.