Biochemist Floyd Romesberg has been forced out from the Scripps Research Institute, reports ScienceInsider.
In a statement, the institute tells ScienceInsider that it never received a complaint about Romesberg sexually harassing a student or anyone else, though it was made aware of a potential Title IX violation by Romesberg that it then investigated. In the US, Title IX is a federal law that prevents discrimination in higher education on the basis of sex or gender. It says its investigation did not uncover any Title IX violation.
Still, the Scripps spokesperson tells ScienceInsider that Romesberg, who is known for his development of the synthetic DNA bases dubbed X and Y, is no longer at Scripps and it is closing down his lab.