A once-prominent stem cell biologist, who recently lost both her job and a sizable grant, has lost her fifth paper.
Recently, Molecular and Cellular Biology retracted a 2003 paper by Susana Gonzalez. Last February, the National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Spain dismissed her from her position over allegations of misconduct. The reason: suspicions of data manipulation.
As with a previous retraction, the journal said Gonzalez “could not be reached for approval of this retraction.”
Here’s the full notice:
After publication, this article was found to have problematic figures. Digital experts have informed us that some of the published data in this paper were very likely digitally manipulated. This represents a major deviation from established scientific standards for publications, and therefore we retract this paper. We apologize for these errors.
We’ve contacted the publisher, the American Society for Microbiology, to find out if this retraction stems from the journal’s initiative to re-examine its image archives, as reported by The Scientist.
Gonzalez has appealed her dismissal from the CNIC. It’s not the only setback she’s faced: One of her grants (totaling nearly 2 million Euros) was also suspended. Earlier this year, Nature Communications retracted two of her papers, citing figure duplications and missing raw data. Cell Cycle has also retracted a 2012 paper she co-authored. In July, Nature retracted a 2006 letter she co-authored which had been cited 133 times.
Hat tip: Kerry Grens
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