Geneticist investigated for misconduct

University of Wisconsin-Madison finds questionable data in several studies; co-authors defend work

Harvey Black
Jun 1, 2006
An investigation into the work of Elizabeth Goodwin, a former associate professor of genetics and medical genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has found "several publications in which at least one figure was questionable," according to William Mellon, the university's associate dean for research policy, who commissioned the probe late last year.The papers containing the questionable data appeared in Molecular Cell (in which Goodwin is the senior author), Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, and Developmental Biology.James Williamson at The Scripps Research Institute, senior author of the Nature Structural & Molecular Biology paper, told The Scientist in an Email that Goodwin's work is not crucial to the conclusions and integrity of the paper. Williamson said he had not been contacted about the paper, and was surprised to hear her research was under scrutiny. "She was always very careful in scientific discussions, very precise and careful to say...
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