Retraction appears for Harvard scientist who had two mega-corrections last year
Here’s the notice for “GAMT, a p53-Inducible Modulator of Apoptosis, Is Critical for the Adaptive Response to Nutrient Stress:”
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).
We were made aware that Western blot data in some of the figures for the above referenced paper were inappropriately assembled resulting in duplications of bands. Because we believe that the presentation issues are beyond the limits of acceptable scientific standards, we wish to retract this paper and regret any inconvenience to the scientific community this may have caused.
We asked Lee for more details, and he responded:
It was brought to our attention that Western blot panels in the above mentioned paper were duplicated. Further analysis of the published Findings as well as the raw data corresponding to the refereed experiments indicated that mistakes were made during Figures assembly. These issues prompted the retraction of the paper.
The retraction comes two years after one scientist brought the issues in the paper to Molecular Cell‘s attention in August 2011. Whether that was the first scientist to raise a red flag, we don’t know.
The paper has been cited 40 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.