The authors of a Journal of Biological Chemistry paper on a breast cancer gene are withdrawing it following an investigation at Roswell Park Cancer Institute that found a figure contained “manipulated” data.
Last author Toru Ouchi is based at Roswell in the department of cancer genetics.
This article has been withdrawn by the authors. An investigation conducted at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute determined that the flow cytometry data shown in Fig. 5B had been manipulated.
Here’s figure 5B, for your reference:
The paper, about the molecular details of BRCA1, has been cited 156 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
When asked for comment, Lee said he didn’t know much about the withdrawal:
I did not even know that this paper has been retracted until JBC informed me few days ago. So that I am very sorry that I have no information to share about that.
Kaoru Sakabe, Manager of Publication Issues at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which publishes JBC, referred to the notice for details behind the withdrawal.
We’ve contacted Ouchi and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and will update the post if we hear anything.
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