How influential was UConn prof’s red wine research?

The charges revealed this week of scientific misconduct by a UConn Health Center professor known for his work on the beneficial properties of a substance in red wine have prompted more than a few people to ask whether having a glass or two should still make them feel virtuous.

Dipak K. Das, a tenured professor, has denied falsifying or fabricating data but is facing dismissal proceedings by the university following a review board’s findings that suggest he manipulated figures in published papers.

Das drew attention for his work on resveratrol, the substance found in red wine that research suggests could have beneficial properties. After the case against him was made public this week, some scientists downplayed Das’ role in the field. The blog Retraction Watch offers a critical look at their take on Das’ place in red wine research.