A pair of University of Utah researchers who both left their posts last year following an investigation into problems with their work have had an other paper retracted from Cell Metabolism.
The investigation found “reckless disregard” in papers in which Ivana De Domenico was first author. She left the university at the end of June 2013, and and her lab head, Jerry Kaplan, retired at the same time.
Here’s the notice for 2008’s “The Hepcidin-Binding Site on Ferroportin Is Evolutionarily Conserved:”
A number of errors have been detected in the generation and presentation of the figures. The data as published in Figure 4A were found to be erroneous and do not support the conclusions in the paper. All coauthors agree with this decision. The authors regret the inconvenience to the field.
The paper has been cited 85 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. It is the third Cell Metabolism retraction for the authors, although a different reason was cited in the first two notices. The researchers have also had two papers corrected, in Blood and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.