Robert Weinberg, a prominent cancer researcher at the Whitehead Institute, issued a correction to a paper in Oncogene in May, fixing two errors missed during proofing.
We found this one a little late, obviously. It also appears to be a relatively minor correction, not one that appears worthy of retraction. We’ve gotten feedback from readers asking why we cover corrections; we chose to flag this one because Weinberg has had such an impact on his field — he discovered the first tumor-causing gene in humans, as well as the first tumor-suppressor gene — and his papers are often highly cited. He also has issued five retractions in the past, most of which for papers whose first author was a member of his lab, who is not a co-author on the Oncogene paper.
The authors wish to make the readers aware of two errors that were missed at proof stage.
The first is the inclusion of an actin loading blot in Figure 4c. In fact, no loading control was needed as the purpose of this figure is merely to show that the protein is expressed in both cell lines and not to compare its expression between the two lines. The corrected figure is shown below.
The second is with regard to Figure 5f. This panel was intended to be replaced but was overlooked in review.
The authors apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Click through to the full correction to see the figure legends.
This particular paper has only been cited once, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
We’ve reached out to Weinberg, and the Editor in Chief of Oncogene, and will update this post with anything else we learn.
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