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July 03, 2015

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3:30 PM | Misidentified genetic sequence causes retraction of pathogen paper one month after publication
The author of an article mapping the genome of an infectious bacterium is pulling the paper because — well, it wasn’t the bacterium she thought it was. Study author Celia Abolnik is retracting her paper in Genome Announcements because it didn’t actually map out the DNA of Mycoplasma meleagridis, a bacterium that typically infects turkeys but has recently been found in chickens. […] The post Misidentified genetic sequence causes retraction of pathogen paper one […]
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1:30 PM | Editors retract algae study, citing “issues with the data”
The International Journal of Phytoremediation  has issued a retraction for a 2013 article suggesting algae could shield against gamma radiation better than lead. Sadly, such an innovation was not to be — the editors have pulled the paper, saying: We are now cognizant that there are issues with the data and determinations made within the manuscript […] The post Editors retract algae study, citing “issues with the data” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

July 02, 2015

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3:30 PM | Corrections (and one EoC) propagate for distinguished plant biologist, Olivier Voinnet
There may be some deeply rooted issues in the work of high-profile plant biologist Olivier Voinnet, biology department research director at ETH in Zurich. Corrections have continued to pile up months after his work was hit with a barrage of criticism on PubPeer. We’ve tracked a total of seven corrections over the past five months (not including […] The post Corrections (and one EoC) propagate for distinguished plant biologist, Olivier Voinnet appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Lancet journal removes Buddha cover art following protest
The Lancet Infectious Diseases has removed a cover illustration of the Buddha contemplating a mosquito from its June, 2015 issue — a complement to a paper about malaria treatment in Cambodia — after receiving emails from readers who protested the depiction of the statue in a non-religious context. After publishing the cover, the journal received […] The post Lancet journal removes Buddha cover art following protest appeared first on Retraction Watch.

July 01, 2015

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4:55 PM | AIDS vaccine fraudster sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison and pay back $7 million
A researcher who confessed to spiking rabbit blood samples to make the results of an HIV vaccine experiment look better has been sentenced to 57 months of prison time, according to The Des Moines Register. Dong-Pyou Han has also been ordered to repay more than $7 million to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and […] The post AIDS vaccine fraudster sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison and pay back $7 million appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Duke University lung researchers cough up fourth retraction, due to “inconsistent” data
The Journal of Applied Physiology has retracted a 2012 respiratory study after the authors found “inconsistent” data that “could not be traced to their source.” It’s the fourth retraction for two of the researchers, including Erin Potts-Kant, who was arrested in 2013 for embezzling more than $14,000 from Duke University. The study, “Effects of corticosteroid […] The post Duke University lung researchers cough up fourth retraction, due to “inconsistent” data […]
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12:30 PM | Macchiarini co-author objects to investigation’s misconduct verdict
One of Paolo Macchiarini’s co-authors on a 2011 Lancet paper describing an allegedly groundbreaking procedure to transplant an artificial trachea seeded with stem cells is objecting to a recent investigation that concluded Macchiarini had committed misconduct. Ola Hermanson, who studies neural stem cells at Karolinska Institutet, argued in a report dated June 29 that the […] The post Macchiarini co-author objects to investigation’s misconduct verdict appeared first on Retraction […]

June 30, 2015

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3:30 PM | “Values were outside expected ranges”: Toxicology paper spiked after audit
Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have retracted a 2014 article after a review unearthed unresolved problems with the study’s control material. The retracted paper, “Effect of Temperature and Storage Time on Sorbitol Dehydrogenase Activity in Sprague-Dawley Rat Serum and Plasma,” looked to test the durability and stability of sorbitol dehydrogenase, an […] The post “Values were outside expected ranges”: Toxicology paper spiked after […]
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1:30 PM | JBC cancer paper felled by duplication is one author’s second retraction this month
A 2002 paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on how lung cancer cells resist death has been retracted for duplicating figures from a 2001 paper. The retracted paper, “Fibroblast growth factor-2 induces translational regulation of Bcl-XL and Bcl-2 via a MEK-dependent pathway: correlation with resistance to etoposide-induced apoptosis,” shares the first and last authors […] The post JBC cancer paper felled by duplication is one author’s second retraction this month […]

June 29, 2015

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4:40 PM | Piani catastrofici
Supponiamo di doverci confrontare con un animale, ad esempio un cane o un lupo (o più in generale con un animale, addomesticato o selvaggio). Secondo Konrad Lorenz il comportamento aggressivo di un cane viene influenzato da due stati d'animo differenti: l'ira e la paura.Si può allora provare a prevedere il comportamento del cane in funzione di quale dei due stati domina: nel caso in cui l'animale è dominato da paura o da ira, proporre una previsione è abbastanza semplice; nel caso in cui il […]
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3:40 PM | Accounting professor notches 30 (!) retractions after misconduct finding
It began with a retraction due to a “misstatement” in November 2012, which led to an investigation that found the first author, James E. Hunton, guilty of misconduct.  Now, the floodgates have opened, and Hunton has 31 retractions under his belt, making him the newest addition to the Retraction Watch leaderboard. A month after the first retraction in […] The post Accounting professor notches 30 (!) retractions after misconduct finding appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Two more retractions make four for bone researcher
Bone anatomists have retracted two papers on primate jawbone structure from the Journal of Anatomy due to “errors in the validation protocol and data,” marking the fourth retraction for one of the authors. Olga Panagiotopoulou retracted two other papers over the past year, all of which were due to a common methodological problem. As Panagiotopoulou — who completed […] The post Two more retractions make four for bone researcher appeared first on Retraction Watch.

June 27, 2015

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1:58 PM | Weekend reads: LaCour loses job offer; new Science data guidelines; Macchiarini grant funding frozen
This week at Retraction Watch saw us report on thousands of retractions from IEEE, which will have a serious effect on retraction record-keeping, a bizarre case of author impersonation, and a look at dentistry in outer space. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Princeton has rescinded its job offer to Michael LaCour, the co-author of the […] The post Weekend reads: LaCour loses job offer; new Science data guidelines; Macchiarini grant funding frozen appeared first on Retraction […]

June 26, 2015

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3:30 PM | A tale of two journals: Elsevier retracts paper after publishing it in the wrong journal
If you happen to pick up this month’s issue of Economic Modelling, there’s a little surprise on page 307—blank pages. Publisher Elsevier has retracted a paper from that space because it “inadvertently published” the paper in the journal. In fact, Elsevier meant to include the paper in the pages of its other journal, Energy Economics. […] The post A tale of two journals: Elsevier retracts paper after publishing it in the wrong journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: correction for Cell paper on stem cells; why omit controls; peer review report surfaces
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “We have contacted the journal editors and agreed an erratum which will be published shortly,” writes Austin Smith, last author of a Cell paper on stem cells. “These controls were not included in the manuscript as we felt that it would be too confusing for the readers…” writes the last […] The post PubPeer Selections: correction for Cell paper on stem cells; why omit controls; peer review report […]

June 25, 2015

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7:30 PM | One publisher appears to have retracted thousands of meeting abstracts. Yes, thousands.
Here at Retraction Watch, we’ve covered somewhere shy of 2,000 retractions in our nearly five years of existence. With this post, we may be more than doubling that total count. That’s because it looks like IEEE may have retracted thousands of meeting abstracts. Yes, thousands. We don’t know the exact number, but a search for […] The post One publisher appears to have retracted thousands of meeting abstracts. Yes, thousands. appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:00 PM | Lost your data? Blame an earthquake
A natural disaster is to blame for a retraction about lethal brain tumors. At least, that’s where the authors say the problem started: with a 2010 earthquake that caused a loss of “substantial data.” The paper, “Superoxide-dependent uptake of vitamin C in human glioma cells,” looks at how the cells of lethal brain tumors interact […] The post Lost your data? Blame an earthquake appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:47 PM | Oncogene to retract breast cancer paper following years-old misconduct investigation
Oncogene is retracting a 2010 paper on the molecular details of breast cancer cells as they undergo metastasis following an investigation that discovered the first author had committed misconduct. The thing is, the investigation concluded in 2012, and the paper — “miR-661 expression in SNAI1-induced epithelial to mesenchymal transition contributes to breast cancer cell invasion […] The post Oncogene to retract breast cancer paper following years-old misconduct investigation […]

June 24, 2015

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11:02 PM | Lancet Oncology updates conflicts of interest statement for cancer-cell phone paper
The Lancet Oncology is correcting a 2011 article about the cancer risks of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as from cell phones, to clarify information about potential conflicts of interest for one of the experts who was involved in its preparation. The assessments appeared as a monograph for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). However, after the 2011 paper […] The post Lancet Oncology updates conflicts of interest statement for cancer-cell phone paper […]
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3:30 PM | Beekeeper association stung by retraction after posting accusations about major honey processor
The American Honey Producers Association has apparently retracted an online article that said Honey Holding — a.k.a Honey Solutions, an industrial honey processor — had been charged with tax evasion and illegally selling Chinese honey containing corn syrup and sugar. According to the note: AHPA has removed the article from its website, and is correcting and […] The post Beekeeper association stung by retraction after posting accusations about major honey processor appeared […]
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1:30 PM | “Proven plagiarism” extracts paper on keeping teeth healthy in outer space
Aeronautic dentistry seems like a fairly unique field, but a review article about keeping teeth healthy in outer space has been retracted from the International Journal of Stomatology & Occlusion Medicine for not being quite unique enough. “Aeronautic dentistry: an upcoming branch,” a review article, appears to have lifted pieces of other works “verbatim and without […] The post “Proven plagiarism” extracts paper on keeping teeth healthy in outer space […]

June 23, 2015

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6:30 PM | Northwestern pulls bioethics publication with oral sex essay, reposts one year later
Northwestern University has reposted a publication from the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine that included a controversial essay about oral sex, after it was pulled for more than a year. The essay was included in an issue guest edited by faculty member Alice Dreger—who penned a post for us in March about the ways […] The post Northwestern pulls bioethics publication with oral sex essay, reposts one year later appeared first on Retraction […]
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3:30 PM | Duplication of “a major part of text and results” adds up to third retraction for mathematician
An article by Alexander Spivak, a mathematician based in Israel, is being retracted from the proceedings of a 2014 numerical analysis meeting because Spivak had already published “a major part of text and results” in a mathematics journal in 2010. Spivak, a member of the faculty of sciences at Holon Institute of Technology, has a bit of a […] The post Duplication of “a major part of text and results” adds up to third retraction for mathematician appeared first on […]
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1:30 PM | Food fight: Animal nutrition author disputes two retractions
A pair of animal nutrition researchers in India have now had a second paper on the nutritional value of a fungal treatment for wheat straw retracted, and one of the authors is very unhappy about it. M.S. Mahesh of the National Dairy Research Institute at Deemed University claims a co-author issued “abusive letters” to an editor of the journal where the first […] The post Food fight: Animal nutrition author disputes two retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

June 22, 2015

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6:30 PM | Plagiarism identified in computer face recognition paper
A paper about computerized facial recognition has been pulled because “most of the contents of this article is plagiarized from an article under consideration elsewhere,” according to the retraction statement. Applications of computer face recognition include surveillance and criminal identification. The authors propose a new method for picking out facial features in the original 2013 article, “Pose […] The post Plagiarism identified in computer face recognition paper […]
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3:00 PM | Yup, this happened: “Mystery” writer impersonated cardiovascular pathologist, penned published letter
A 2014 letter in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has been retracted because editors aren’t sure who wrote it. “Can Grayscale IVUS Detect Necrotic Core-Rich Plaque?”, a letter on the potential of intravascular ultrasound, was submitted under the name of a researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Erling Falk. The paper was […] The post Yup, this happened: “Mystery” writer impersonated cardiovascular pathologist, penned published letter appeared first […]
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1:35 PM | Zariski surgically dissecting a flawed proof
The problem of bad science has been in the news recently.  See, for instance this article in the New York Times, the website Retraction Watch, or this retracted article in Science.  In any of the sciences, researchers can get a sense that … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Duplication, “manipulated” data send carpal tunnel paper down black hole
The Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery has retracted a study about whether developing fistula puts hemodialysis patients at higher risk of carpal tunnel syndrome because it “duplicated substantial parts” and “manipulated some original data” from a study by other researchers. The retraction notice says it all: The article has been retracted by the Co-Editor because […] The post Duplication, “manipulated” data send carpal tunnel paper down black hole […]

June 20, 2015

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1:34 PM | Weekend reads: Duplication rampant in cancer research?; meet the data detective; journals behaving badly
This week saw us profiled in The New York Times and de Volkskrant, and the introduction of our new staff writer. We also launched The Retraction Watch Leaderboard. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Are a quarter of basic cancer studies full of data duplication? That’s what a new study says, and editors are ignoring the […] The post Weekend reads: Duplication rampant in cancer research?; meet the data detective; journals behaving badly appeared first on Retraction Watch.

June 19, 2015

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7:00 PM | Meet the new Retraction Watch staff writer, Shannon Palus
Retraction Watch readers, please join us in welcoming Shannon Palus to our team. Palus, who has written for Discover, Slate, The Atlantic, and a host of other publications, joined us last week. She has a B.Sc. in physics, with a minor in anthropology, from McGill, where she worked at The McGill Daily. Since graduating, she’s worked as […] The post Meet the new Retraction Watch staff writer, Shannon Palus appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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