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The head of a Cornell University research lab and the recipient of $2 million in federal grants is under an internal investigation on allegations of scientific misconduct, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Dr. John L. Ho, 48, was accused of forcing subordinates to falsify data in a grant application, using false claims to get another grant for $1.5 million, publishing a paper based on bogus experiments and threatening or penalizing subordinates who found damaging evidence, the newspaper said.

Ho has worked on a 10-year, $5 million federal grant to study AIDS in Haiti, giving him a role in finding a vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The probe comes amid concern in the scientific community that increased competition for research dollars is providing greater incentive for fraud, the Times reported.

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