The report excited worldwide interest and gave hope to the thousands of women who are prone to pregnancies that start outside the uterus and end in miscarriage. Dr Pearce's patient records had been tampered with, colleagues had mysteriously known nothing of his pioneering research while it was going on, and the mother herself could not be tracked down.It eventually transpired that he had falsified all of his evidence - one of his patients was in fact dead at the time that he said he'd operated on her.The GMC ruled that he had fraudulently claimed to have performed the pioneering operation, and struck his name off the register.Sir Robert Kilpatrick, chairman of the disciplinary committee at the time, voiced a common professional concern when he condemned Dr Pearce: "[This] web of deceit has had incalculable consequences for public confidence in the integrity of research." Not only does research fraud undermine the credibility of science, it can also have far-reaching consequences for medicine.The eighth season was the first and only season without the show's star Topher Grace who portrayed Eric Forman, the central character, since he left the series at the end of the previous season.Eric was often mentioned throughout the season, even being an important off-stage character central to an episode's plot upon occasion.
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