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Virologist reinstated; doc required for genetic tests; artificial airway patient is well

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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Mar 9, 2011
This week's news includes the reinstatement of a Japanese virologist fired last year for data manipulation, an FDA advisory panel recommendation that genetic tests only be performed with a doctor's supervision, an update on the first ever artificial airway transplant patient, a warning about the authenticity of seeds in seed banks, and a curious connection between toenails and lung cancer.Japanese virologist reinstatedLast August, virologist Naoki Mori was fired from the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, Japan, after an investigation concluded that his research group was guilty of manipulating images in up to 38 published papers (at least 16 of which have been retracted, according to Retraction Watch). Now, after more than six months in court, Mori has convinced the university to reduce his sentence to a 10-month suspension and to allow him to return to his job in June. While Mori admits reusing images without proper attribution,...
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