Three papers on drug sensitivity in leukemia patients have been retracted from two journals after an anonymous tip to one of the publications revealed that a PhD student fudged immunofluorescence images.
Francesca Messa, a student in the University of Turin laboratory of hematologist linkurl:Giuseppe Saglio,; admitted to "intentionally providing false confocal images," in a linkurl:retraction; published in April in the journal __Leukemia__. Specifically, Messa replaced confocal micrographs from one set of experiments with photos from another, unrelated, set of studies. Messa and her coauthors retracted two __Leukemia__ papers on resistance to chemotherapy in some leukemia patients -- linkurl:one; published in a June 2008 issue and linkurl:another; published in January 2010. A group of international authors that included Messa also linkurl:retracted; a December 2009 online linkurl:paper; this month from the journal __Blood__. "They were immunofluorescence images for different antigens and different leukemias," Cynthia Dunbar, editor-in-chief of the journal __Blood__, told __The...

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