Alfredo Fusco, a researcher in Italy who has faced criminal charges for research misconduct for more than five years, has had six more papers retracted, for a total of 21.
The latest six retractions are all from Cancer Research. An example, for “Haploinsufficiency of the Hmga1 Gene Causes Cardiac Hypertrophy and Myelo-Lymphoproliferative Disorders in Mice,” a paper first published in 2006:
This article (1) has been retracted at the request of the editors. The editors were made aware of concerns regarding potential manipulation of data in the article. An internal review by the editors determined that multiple tubulin Western blot bands appear to be duplicated in Figs. 3A and 6D. The authors were not able to provide the original data to dispel these concerns.
A copy of this Retraction Notice was sent to the last known e-mail addresses for 15 of the 16 authors. Three authors (M. Fedele, S. Battista, and A. Fusco) did not agree to the retraction; two authors (A. Curcio and C. Indolfi) take no position; 10 authors (F. Pentimalli, A.J.P. Klein-Szanto, R. Visone, I. De Martino, C. Morisco, L. Del Vecchio, G. Baldassarre, C. Arra, G. Viglietto, and C.M. Croce) did not respond; the remaining author (V. Fidanza) could not be located.
The papers have been cited from 26 to 76 times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.
In September, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which publishes Cancer Research, apologized for being “delayed in correcting the scientific record.” That apology, which came in an publisher’s note accompanying a number of retractions, continued:
It will take several months to publish various types of corrections related to a number of older cases on which we are working.
Researchers in Italy have been frustrated by the lack of progress in the investigation into Fusco’s work, Nature reported last year.
Fusco did not respond to a request for comment from Retraction Watch.
One of the six retracted papers includes Carlo Croce as an author. It is the ninth retraction for Croce, who was recently forced to step down as chair of his department at The Ohio State University following years of allegations of misconduct.
With the new retraction total, Fusco is now tied for 29th place on our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions in the world.
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