Or even a mystery series?
Upon realizing they had experienced a case of mistaken cell-line identity, the authors of a 2014 Nature paper on lung cancer think “it prudent to retract pending more thorough investigation,” as they explain in a notice published Wednesday.
The problem seems to stem from more than just honest error, according to corresponding author Julian Downward, a scientist at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK.
In a 1,215 word statement, sent to us via the Director of Research Communications and Engagement at Cancer Research UK, which funds Downward’s research, Downward told us the backstory not presented in the journal’s retraction note: … More.
Your mileage may vary, but the people I know who are fighting cancer don’t need this. – O’Leary for News
That said, a lot of it could work as reality TV. In this case, maybe even a whodunit.
See also: Notable retractions of possible interest
If peer review is working, why all the retractions?
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