Editors warn of, but don't retract, implant study

Unusual move receives support from critics of troubled paper suggesting breast implants may increase body levels of platinum

Stephen Pincock
Aug 13, 2006
The editor of a chemistry journal has warned his readers to be cautious when assessing the results of a paper published in May on platinum levels in women with breast implants. Critics of the paper say the journal was right to urge caution, but not retract, the paper, which contains data that has been called into question.The paper is flawed, Analytical Chemistry editor Royce Murray told The Scientist, but he decided not to seek a retraction as there was no evidence of deliberate misconduct."I think a retraction is done for reasons of fraud and I don't have any evidence of that here," Murray said. "It's simply a matter of what I, and others I consulted, considered was an example of publishing something substantially below the standard of the journal."In a paper in the May issue of the journal, authors Susan Maharaj and Ernest Lykissa used ion chromatography-inductively...

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