The study, “Human monocytes constitutively express membrane-bound, biologically active, and interferon-gamma-upregulated interleukin-15,” has been cited 124 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. Its corresponding author is Tiziana Musso, of the University of Turin.
Joerg Zwirner, over at the Abnormal Science blog, has a three-part series deconstructing what he says are the flaws in the paper. Zwirner points out a number of data duplications. As he notes:
What makes the Blood paper duplications particularly delicate is the fact that this article lists Prof. Bulfone-Paus as senior author but is not co-authored by the two infamous postdocs who were thought to be the main culprits of the scandal, until now.
Those two post-docs, Vadim Budagian and Elena Bulanova, were co-authors on the 12 retracted papers.
Hat tip: “Clare Francis”