The “unintentionality” of being leads to nothingness for paper on protein’s role in cancer

empcoverA group of cancer researchers in Argentina has retracted a paper on the p300 protein in breast cancer that appeared in Experimental and Molecular Pathology.

The article, titled “Intracellular distribution of p300 and its differential recruitment to aggresomes in breast cancer,” was published in 2010 by Maria E. Fermento and colleagues. It has been cited 11 times since, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

Here’s the notice:

This article has been retracted at the request of the Authors.

The editors would like to confirm the retraction of this paper at the request of the authors as there has been an unintentional error in some of the data which led to unintentional interpretation of a part of the results.

Our sense is that, although this explanation is plausible, it raises questions. Foremost of which, we think, is why the error in “some” of the data was substantial enough to warrant retraction and not correction — since, as the notice claims, the problem affected only “a part” of the results.

The publishers of “Advances in Intracellular Space Research and Application: 2011 Edition” might have to do some correcting, however. The book contains a blurb about the Fermento article.

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