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A Chinese national has pleaded guilty in federal court last week to lying to federal investigators about his attempt to smuggle cancer research from Harvard University to China.
Zaosong Zheng, 31, entered the United States on a J‑1 visa in August 2018 and conducted cancer-cell research at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office. He was arrested Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston Logan International Airport with 21 vials of biological material packed in a sock in his bags.
When asked by federal investigators whether he was traveling with any biological items or research, Zheng answered “No,” only to admit later that he had stolen the vials from a lab at Beth Israel, where he worked. Zheng stated that he intended to bring the vials back to his own laboratory in China and publish the results …