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Blot Figure Fraud

A SUNY graduate student falsifies Western blot data used in meetings, grant applications, and submitted manuscripts

By | January 4, 2012

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A former graduate student from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University (SUNY US) was found guilty of falsifying data used in an R01 grant application, a manuscript submitted to the Journal of Cell Biology, and several presentations given at the university, according to the final report issued by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) yesterday (January 3). Among other things, Jennifer Jamieson altered Western blot data presented at laboratory meetings to show that the signal transduction molecule Vav2 was not associated with the paxillin-binding protein paxillin kinase linker (PKL)—a factor necessary for directed cell migration, which plays key roles in embryonic development, wound repair, and pathological conditions such as tumor metastasis—when in fact it was.

Jamieson also used data from an unrelated experiment and incorrectly labeled it as expression levels of Vav2 mutants in a figure included in a Journal of Cell Biology manuscript. Jamieson’s research was supported by several National Institutes of Health grants. She voluntarily agreed to have any US Public Health Service-funded research supervised for the next 3 years, according to the ORI report.

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January 4, 2012

Why is she allowed to continue in the program? Have not her own actions disqualified her from further scientific research? Or is there a program to recruit scam artists?

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January 4, 2012

Why is she allowed to continue in the program? Have not her own actions disqualified her from further scientific research? Or is there a program to recruit scam artists?

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January 4, 2012

Why is she allowed to continue in the program? Have not her own actions disqualified her from further scientific research? Or is there a program to recruit scam artists?

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January 8, 2012

When cooking books is the norm in our financial institutions and politicians find corruption normal how can we expect that graduate students (who earn microscopic salary in comparison and are often reminded of how unimportant they are) would not resort to cheating when under pressure. The bankers who ruined so many lives are free to continue so why not give a chance to a small time crook.

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January 8, 2012

When cooking books is the norm in our financial institutions and politicians find corruption normal how can we expect that graduate students (who earn microscopic salary in comparison and are often reminded of how unimportant they are) would not resort to cheating when under pressure. The bankers who ruined so many lives are free to continue so why not give a chance to a small time crook.

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January 8, 2012

When cooking books is the norm in our financial institutions and politicians find corruption normal how can we expect that graduate students (who earn microscopic salary in comparison and are often reminded of how unimportant they are) would not resort to cheating when under pressure. The bankers who ruined so many lives are free to continue so why not give a chance to a small time crook.

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January 11, 2012

Graduate students are typically guaranteed funding for the duration of their studies.  It should be a period of learning and challenging oneself usually without the distractions of supporting a family, winning grants, and earning tenure. 

Corruption at this stage is a sign of a low-calibre individual lacking any sincere interest in scientific enquiry.  They should be out the program so the funding can be spent on someone showing more promise.

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January 11, 2012

Graduate students are typically guaranteed funding for the duration of their studies.  It should be a period of learning and challenging oneself usually without the distractions of supporting a family, winning grants, and earning tenure. 

Corruption at this stage is a sign of a low-calibre individual lacking any sincere interest in scientific enquiry.  They should be out the program so the funding can be spent on someone showing more promise.

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January 11, 2012

Graduate students are typically guaranteed funding for the duration of their studies.  It should be a period of learning and challenging oneself usually without the distractions of supporting a family, winning grants, and earning tenure. 

Corruption at this stage is a sign of a low-calibre individual lacking any sincere interest in scientific enquiry.  They should be out the program so the funding can be spent on someone showing more promise.

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