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Stanford President’s Past Research Under Investigation
The university’s board of trustees will oversee a probe after allegations of errors and manipulated images in four papers Marc Tessier-Lavigne coauthored. 
Stanford President’s Past Research Under Investigation
Stanford President’s Past Research Under Investigation

The university’s board of trustees will oversee a probe after allegations of errors and manipulated images in four papers Marc Tessier-Lavigne coauthored. 

The university’s board of trustees will oversee a probe after allegations of errors and manipulated images in four papers Marc Tessier-Lavigne coauthored. 

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Nobel Prize Winner Faces Investigation into Paper Integrity
Katherine Irving | Oct 21, 2022 | 2 min read
Seventeen studies coauthored by Gregg Semenza have been retracted, corrected, or raised for concern, and 15 more are currently under investigation.
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Paper Proposing COVID-19, Magnetism Link to Be Retracted
Shawna Williams | Nov 4, 2020 | 4 min read
The study, published in a peer-reviewed journal, has attracted widespread derision from researchers.
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Disputed Hydroxychloroquine Study Brings Scrutiny to Surgisphere
Catherine Offord | May 30, 2020 | 9 min read
Scientists have raised questions about the dataset published in The Lancet last week that triggered the suspension of clinical trials around the world—and about Surgisphere Corporation, the company behind the study.
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Study of Microbiome’s Importance in Autism Triggers Swift Backlash
Nicholette Zeliadt | Jun 27, 2019 | 4 min read
Independent scientists say the original analysis is flawed; the authors stand by their work and are seeking outside statisticians to reanalyze the data.
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Research Institute Investigates Possible Image Manipulation in Papers
Shawna Williams | Jun 11, 2019 | 1 min read
PubPeer commenters have flagged more than 100 papers from branches of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research for apparent image duplication and other issues.
Researcher Fazlul Sarkar Has 12 More Papers Retracted
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 17, 2018 | 1 min read
The ex-Wayne State University scientist has racked up 33 retractions to date. 
University of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s Papers
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 23, 2018 | 1 min read
Cell biologist Irina Stancheva was dismissed in June 2017 after a scientific misconduct investigation.
PubPeer Launches Updated Site
Diana Kwon | Jun 18, 2017 | 1 min read
New features include increased security of user anonymity.
Life Science Controversies of 2016
Bob Grant, Jef Akst, and Tracy Vence | Dec 23, 2016 | 5 min read
This year, the developers of CRISPR gene-editing technology argued over patent rights, a researcher fought to unmask anonymous PubPeer commenters, US regulators considered “three-parent” babies, and troubles continued for Theranos.
PubPeer Wins Appeal on Anonymous Comments
Joshua A. Krisch and Bob Grant | Dec 7, 2016 | 2 min read
The Michigan Court of Appeals rules that anonymous commenters on the post-publication peer review website are protected under the First Amendment.
PubPeer Loses Battle, Hopes to Win War on Anonymous Comments
Bob Grant | Dec 2, 2016 | 3 min read
Lawyers involved discuss the latest twist in the ongoing litigation that pits pathologist Fazlul Sarkar against anonymous commenters on the post-publication peer review site.
Full Sarkar Investigation Report Won’t Enter Appeals Court Case
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2016 | 1 min read
Court of Appeals denies a motion filed by ACLU lawyers to enter the full Wayne State University investigation of pathologist Fazlul Sarkar into the official case record.
PubPeer Lawyers Ask to Enter Misconduct Report into the Court Record
Bob Grant | Nov 17, 2016 | 1 min read
Lawyers for PubPeer have obtained and posted the full investigation report from Wayne State University, which lists more than 140 misconduct allegations against pathologist Fazlul Sarkar.
Week in Review: October 17–21
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2016 | 2 min read
Report finds that pathologist involved in anonymous defamation case committed multiple acts of misconduct; growing eggs from stem cells; neutrophils’ role in metastasis; convergent evolution in birds
PubPeer Requests that Court Consider Misconduct Investigation
Bob Grant | Oct 20, 2016 | 3 min read
ACLU lawyers representing the post-publication peer review site have filed a motion to admit the existence of a university investigation that found pathologist Fazlul Sarkar guilty of misconduct.
Michigan State Court of Appeals Hears Arguments in PubPeer Litigation
Bob Grant | Oct 5, 2016 | 4 min read
Attorneys representing pathologist Fazlul Sarkar and users of the post-publication peer review website present their cases regarding the constitutionality of subpoenaing for the identities of anonymous commenters.
Another Retraction for Diabetes Researcher
Tanya Lewis | May 23, 2016 | 3 min read
PLOS Biology pulls a 2011 study led by Mário Saad, while his institution investigates additional allegations of research misconduct related to papers published in other journals. 
PubPeer’s Appeal for Anonymity Continues
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2016 | 1 min read
The site’s lawyers, along with renowned scientists, filed briefs to an appeals court asking to protect a commenter’s identification.
PubPeer Users Question a Cancer Paper
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2016 | 1 min read
A 2012 Cancer Cell paper is under investigation after users of the post-publication peer review website raised questions about the validity of Western blot images.
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