My laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School studies genetic diseases that affect the skeletal system. We became interested in the protein osteocalcin after Gerard Karsenty at Columbia University reported in several papers using knockout mice – mice lacking the genes which produce osteocalcin – that osteocalcin is a bone-derived hormone that affects … Continue reading When an independent replication isn’t really independent￼
This week, Nature reported on two institutional reports that found scientists in Carlo Croce’s cancer research lab at The Ohio State University had committed research misconduct including plagiarism and data falsification. Another institutional investigation directed at Croce did not find he committed research misconduct but did identify problems with how he managed his lab, according … Continue reading Papers in Croce case with “blatantly obvious” problems still aren’t retracted after misconduct investigation: sleuth￼
A pharmacology researcher with four retractions appears to have left the University of Pennsylvania, where he had worked for at least 30 years and won more than $7 million in NIH grants. The school’s faculty page for William Armstead, who held a research professorship in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, now bears only the statement that … Continue reading UPenn prof with four retractions “may no longer be affiliated” with school
A group of cancer researchers at the University of Rochester have now lost three papers over concerns about the data in the articles – issues that evidently did not rise to the level of misconduct, according to the institution. The work came from the lab of Yuhchyau Chen, of the university’s Wilmot Cancer Institute. A … Continue reading University of Rochester cancer researchers included ‘incorrect images’ in 13 papers, committee finds
A paper linking the use of a wildly popular drug for heartburn to cancer has been retracted after the authors concluded that their widely touted finding appears to have resulted from a hiccup in the way they conducted their testing. The 2016 article, in Carcinogenesis, has played a minor role in an ongoing class action … Continue reading Widely covered paper on ranitidine-cancer link retracted
A former endowed professor at the University of Kentucky has resigned from the faculty days before a committee at the institution was scheduled to vote on whether to fire him for misconduct, Retraction Watch has learned. In 2018, the university began investigating Xianglin Shi, a toxicologist and cancer biologist who that year, as we reported … Continue reading Kentucky professor resigns ahead of vote that could have stripped him of tenure
A publisher retracted a book last year after the home institution of one of the editors, the University of Hawai’i, “identified research protocol violations by two of the editors, which constitute Serious Non-Compliance.” The 2019 book, Voices of Social Justice and Diversity in a Hawai‘i Context, was edited by Amarjit Singh and Mike Devine, of … Continue reading “Serious non-compliance” prompts retraction of book on social justice in Hawai’i
For The Statesider, Andy Murdock wondered how many typefaces are named after American locations. Then he put those typefaces on a map. So how many?
The answer is 222. That’s not actually the answer, it’s just where I had to stop, because the more I looked the more I found. What started as a quirky challenge to make a US font map during COVID-19 quarantine days started to edge into obsessive-compulsive territory. I’d wake up in the middle of the night thinking, “Did I check to see if there’s a Boise font?” (I did. There isn’t.) I finally found the limit to how many fonts I could use in one place.
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Carlo Croce, the prolific cancer researcher at The Ohio State University (OSU) with a penchant for hiring — and then losing — lawyers to sue those who displease him, has lost an 11th paper to retraction. Croce, who in addition to the 11 retractions also has three expressions of concern and 18 corrections for his … Continue reading Litigious OSU cancer researcher earns his 11th retraction
The Journal of Virology has retracted three papers, and corrected two others, by a group led by a researcher at the University of Maryland, for problematic images. The articles, published in 2008 and 2014, describe experiments to assess the immune response to Newcastle disease virus in various animal species. The studies were led by Siba … Continue reading Four retractions follow misconduct inquiry at U Maryland