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Criminal charges dropped against University of California over lab death

The first ever criminal prosecution over an accident in a US academic laboratory was partially concluded on 27 July – but also took a bizarre twist. In a keenly-anticipated agreement, the Los Angeles district attorney dropped charges against the governing body of the University of California (the UC Regents). In turn, they accepted responsibility for laboratory conditions at the time of the death of 23-year-old Sheharbano (“Sheri”) Sangji at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), three and a half years ago. 


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