The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.
The 20-year project calls into question the conventional wisdom about the role plants will play in mitigating future climate change.
One co-author sues another for over $1 million, arguing retraction without her consent damaged her reputation
October 12, 2005|
A plant researcher is suing her former supervisor for more than $1 million in punitive damages and legal fees after he retracted two papers in
Both of the retracted articles investigated nitric oxide, believed to exert direct antimicrobial effects by interfering with protein function and forming cytotoxic oxidants. In the
According to the complaint, which
Chandok left Klessig's lab in 2004, after which she claims she received a letter from her former supervisor, saying that if she did not return to BTI, he would withdraw his sponsorship of her residency application, retract the
After Chandok did not return, her complaint alleges Klessig told BTI that Chandok had fabricated the data in the NOS project, and wrote letters to
Klessig, a former president of BTI, told
He said he did send Chandok a letter, but only to ask her to return for one week, all expenses paid, when three postdocs in his lab tried, and failed, to replicate her results. "I felt if we couldn't replicate the results, ethically, we had to retract the paper."
"BTI, institutionally, trusts that author-initiated retractions – such as in the case of Dr. Klessig – will be handled appropriately by the journal editors," BTI president David Stern said in an Email interview. "Thus, we do not presume to interfere with
Stern declined to say whether or not the institution had investigated Klessig's accusations. A statement from the university notes that BTI has a "federally-required policy and procedure" to handle such allegations, and "this same procedure was properly followed in the case referred to in the lawsuit."
Chandok declined to comment. Her attorney, Robert Weissflach of Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP in Buffalo, Ny., told
Christian Meyer of the Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin in Versailles, France, has cited the retracted