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Rifts are appearing in the American Anthropological Association as regards its response to allegations of serious misconduct in research among Amazonian tribes.

The society has been forced to remove a draft report on the allegations from its website, following dissent among contributors over its contents.

The controversy began in 2000, when Patrick Tierney alleged in his book Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon, that US researchers improperly bartered weapons for interviews, conducted clinical studies without informed consent and may have exposed tribes to infectious diseases during their work among the Yanomami people in Venezuela.

Reference: Nature 415, 5 (2002)

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