“Inconsistent errors” and unknowing authors force retraction of microbiology paper

leeuwenhoekA 2013 article in Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal of Microbiology has been retracted for a few reasons.

Here’s the notice for “The effects of each beta-glucosidase gene deletion on cellulase gene regulation in Neurospora crassa:”

Takao Kasuga and Zhiliang Fan were listed as co-authors without their acknowledgement and would like to be removed from the author’s list.

This article is retracted on request of Weihua Wu due to inconsistent errors of intracellular and total beta-glucosidase activities assay and the mycelia weight measurement in this paper. These errors lead to inaccurate results of total and intracellular beta-glucosidase activities, and the normalized endoglucanases and exoglucanases activities and therefore compromise the partial conclusions of this publication.

Kasuga gave us this comment when we asked for details:

It was because there was some inconsistency in the experiments and I was not informed for submission to the journal.

Wu, who was a researcher at the University of California, Davis, when the paper was submitted, now appears to be a postdoc at Sandia National Laboratories. We’ve asked him for comment, and will update with anything we learn.

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