Chinese Researcher Pleads Guilty to Lying About Smuggling Cancer Research from Harvard

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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 …

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