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Members of Nobel Committees investigated for China trip corruption

Posted by Author on December 20, 2008

AFP, Via The Sydney Morning Herald, December 20, 2008 –

STOCKHOLM:
Several Nobel science prize committees in Sweden are being investigated for possible corruption.

The first case involves several members from the Nobel committees for medicine, physics and chemistry who visited China at the expense of the Chinese authorities.

A special prosecutor, Nils Erik Schultz, said he was looking into the cost of the trip, the itinerary, who went and why the Chinese invited them. No Chinese citizen has won a Nobel Prize for the past three years.

Another investigation involves the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which this year signed a sponsor agreement with two Nobel companies with close ties to the Nobel Foundation: Nobel Web and Nobel Media.

The Times reported yesterday that a member of the jury also sat on AstraZeneca’s board. Prosecutors are studying whether the multinational pharmaceutical company could have exerted undue influence on this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine.

Half of this year’s award went to Harald zur Hausen of Germany for his discovery of the human papilloma virus that causes cervical cancer. AstraZeneca receives royalties for two vaccines against HPV.

Agence France-Presse

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