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    “We were devastated:” Authors retract paper after realizing they had used the wrong mice

    Story Source Raymond Pasek and Maureen Gannon Longtime readers of Retraction Watch may recall a 2011 post about a research team that retracted a paper after realizing that they had ordered the wrong mice. Maureen Gannon and Raymond Pasek of Vanderbilt University contacted us earlier this week to alert us to a similar case: Their retraction, […]

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    Failed whistleblower suit is a reminder that public universities are hard to sue

    Story Source The University of Louisville’s Kornhauser Library via Wikimedia Suing the government is difficult. And because public universities often function as an arm of state governments, that makes them hard to sue, too, a fact reiterated in a whistleblower case decided earlier this year. In January, Judge David Hale of the Western District of […]

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    NY court: Cornell faces being held in contempt after denying physics professor tenure (twice)

    Story Source Mukund Vengalattore Cornell University and a high-powered dean at the school face being held in contempt of court in a case stemming from their decision to deny tenure to a physics professor. Assistant professor Mukund Vengalattore told Retraction Watch he believes the school and the dean are violating a judge’s order instructing them […]

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    Can a tracking system for peer reviewers help stop fakes?

    Story Source Andrew Preston Credit: Victoria University of Wellington The problem of fake peer reviews never seems to end — although the research community has known about it since 2014, publishers are still discovering new cases. In April, one journal alone retracted 107 papers after discovering the review process had been compromised. By tracking individual reviewers’ […]

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    Former prof fudged dozens of images, says university

    Story Source The emailer was alleging several problems in a 2012 paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, co-authored by one of its high-profile faculty members. Lakin discussed the allegations with some administrators and agreed they had merit; Lakin sequestered an author’s laptop and other materials. Over the next few months, the university learned of […]

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    Italy rebuked for failure to prevent olive-tree tragedy

    Story Source Antonio Sorrentino/LUZ/eyevine Ancient olive trees in southern Italy are being destroyed by a bacterial disease. A vicious pathogen that is destroying historic olive groves in Puglia, southern Italy, is marching north and threatens to reach the rest of Europe. Yet Italian authorities last year failed to track the infection’s spread, and didn’t follow […]

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    The mathematicians who want to save democracy

    Story Source Jay Baker/CC BY 2.0 Legal battles over the precise borders of voting districts in the United States are common. Leaning back in his chair, Jonathan Mattingly swings his legs up onto his desk, presses a key on his laptop and changes the results of the 2012 elections in North Carolina. On the screen, […]

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    NASA’s dark-energy probe faces cost crisis

    Story Source NASA GSFC/CI Lab An illustration of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, which is scheduled to launch in 2025. NASA’s next major space observatory is meant to tackle some of the biggest questions in astronomy when it launches in 2025 — including what exoplanets look like and how dark energy is driving the Universe’s […]

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    Gut bacteria can stop cancer drugs from working

    Story Source John Moore/Getty Drugs for conditions such as cancer don’t always work in the same way for everyone. In the quest for personalized therapies, most research has focused on how an individual’s genome controls their body’s responses to drugs. However, there is increasing evidence that a person’s unique microbiome — the population of bacteria […]