A protein researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has been found guilty of falsifying data that he used to construct 12 fraudulent protein structures that made it into the scientific literature and an international archive of protein structures.
A G-protein image based on
crystal structure data

Image: S. Jahnichen
After investigating the misconduct -- with the help of a committee of independent protein scientists -- the university has linkurl:asked;http://main.uab.edu/Sites/reporter/articles/71570/ that the structures be removed from the database and that ten research papers, authored by former UAB researcher H.M. Krishna Murthy over the past decade, be retracted from the literature. "What we know is that when Dr. Murthy was asked to provide the data behind the structures, there was not sufficient material presented to allow the expert panel to determine the source of the error," linkurl:Richard Marchase,;http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=8039 UAB's vice president for research and economic development, told __The Scientist__....

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