A romance gone bad: Valentine’s Day program examines … – Science

Benita Alexander and Paolo Macchiarini on a trip to Venice, Italy, in 2013. “He had that sexy George Clooney thing going on,” Alexander says.

The misconduct case of Paolo Macchiarini, a surgeon and researcher who fooled the biomedical community about the failure of his pioneering work on trachea implants, had a bizarre and tragic side story. The discredited surgeon, formerly of the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm, also spun an elaborate web of lies for Benita Alexander, a former NBC investigative producer who fell in love with him while on an assignment to cover his work. In an ironic take on Valentine’s Day, a new documentary on their doomed whirlwind romance is airing tonight in the United States.

Among the falsehoods Macchiarini told Alexander, who at the time worked for NBC in New York City, are

Read more at: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/romance-gone-bad-valentine-s-day-program-examines-biomedical-researcher-s-ignoble-lies

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