The meeting brings together Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Germany's scientific fraud case is developing more twists than an airport novel. Earlier this year, two two scientists were accused of having faked results used in more than 30 papers on gene therapy and molecular medicine. One, Marion Brach, admitted forging data in some papers and implicated her colleague Friedhelm Herrmann. He has not admitted doing so, and now says that he will sue investigators on the case for DM10 million (about pounds 3.3m). Meanwhile, other analysis of the pair's early work suggests that they both faked results earlier in their careers.
Thalidomide should be used to treat leprosy, says a panel of experts advising the US Food and Drug Administration, following results from trials. But to avoid birth defects, which was the cause of the drug's notoriety, the panel said it should not be prescribed for women of childbearing age unless they are taking two forms of birth control.Reuse content