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Questioned findings confirmed

The results of three papers by University of Wisconsin researcher appear valid, but possible grant fraud unresolved

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Kerry Grens

Kerry served as The Scientist’s news director until 2021. Before joining The Scientist in 2013, she was a stringer for Reuters Health, the senior health and science reporter at...

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Three studies published by a University of Wisconsin (UW) geneticist who resigned last year amid accusations of fraud have been replicated, according to her former collaborators. The researcher, Elizabeth Goodwin, was investigated by the university last year after her students accused her of misusing data on a grant application. The investigation also raised questions about data in three of Goodwin's papers, which the investigators could not verify. Since then, however, the papers' other authors and the editors of the journals in which they were published have confirmed that the results are scientifically valid. The investigation was turned over to the Office of Research Integrity at the NIH, but the ORI has not issued a final ruling. The authors of a 2005 Developmental Biology paper, including Goodwin, published a corrigendum in April after Philip Iannaccone's laboratory at Northwestern University's Children Memorial Research Center redid the experiments with new reagents...

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