Silvia Bulfone-Paus, the Borstel Institute researcher who was forced to step down as institute director and has already retracted 12 papers, has retracted another, this one in Transplantation. Here’s the text of the notice:
The Editors and Publisher retract the article by Bulfone-Paus et al. published in Transplantation (Vol. 69, pp. 1386–1391, April 15, 2000) because of the inaccurate information provided for Figures 4 and 5.
The paper has been cited five times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. It’s the first retraction by Bulfone-Paus that doesn’t include two post-docs, Vadim Budagian and Elena Bulanova, who were blamed for the manipulations in the other 12 retracted papers. Blood is also reviewing a paper co-authored by Bulfone-Paus that doesn’t include Budagian and Bulanova, and BioEssays has issued an Expression of Concern about one that does include them.
Bulfone-Paus was not yet working at Borstel when she published the paper. She was at the Free University in Berlin, and her co-authors were at Friedrich Alexander University and Humboldt University.
We’ve asked the editor of Transplantation for more details, and will update with anything we hear back. In the meantime, Joerg Zwirner, who runs the Abnormal Science blog, raised questions about figure 5 in June.
Hat tip: “Clare Francis”