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BOSTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - A Harvard University professor misled U.S. authorities by repeatedly lying about his ties to a China-run recruitment program, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, as a closely-watched trial in a crackdown on Chinese influence in U.S. research neared its end.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Casey told a Boston federal jury that Charles Lieber, a renowned nanoscientist and former chair of Harvard's chemistry department, lied to U.S. investigators to protect his career and Nobel Prize ambitions.
Casey said evidence established Lieber, 62, had agreed to affiliate with a Chinese university and participate in China's Thousand Talents Program, which prosecutors say China uses to entice foreign researchers to share their knowledge with it.
But in his closing argument, Casey said Lieber denied his involvement when confronted by officials at Harvard and the U.S. Defense Department, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which had awarded him $15 million in research grants that could be threatened.Click to learn more:
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