Weekend reads: A lawsuit over a cell line; criminal charges for a science agency; nonsense in prestigious journals

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 162. And there are now more than 30,000 retractions in our database.

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One thought on “Weekend reads: A lawsuit over a cell line; criminal charges for a science agency; nonsense in prestigious journals”

  1. The article in STAT on the unhealthy relationship between the Karolinska Institutet and the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine omits some essential facts.
    Alfred Nobel’s will stipulated that this Stockholm Institute award this prize. Apparently an assembly of some 50 professors nominates a smaller committee annually to do the work, and the final choice is approved by the 50 person assembly. I cannot discover if the current Nobel assembly contains academics who bear some responsibility for the disastrous handling of the Paolo Macchiarini affair, but I guess it is quite possible.
    However the overall secretary of the Nobel assembly, Urban Lendahl, resigned in 2016 as a result of his defence of Macchiarini, and the Vice-Chancellor of the Institute, Anders Hamsten, was also forced out. One report suggests that the entire governing board of the Karolinska was removed by the Swedish Government because of this problem.

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