Three papers on drug sensitivity in leukemia patients have been retracted from two journals after an anonymous tip to one of the publications revealed that a PhD student fudged immunofluorescence images.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,;http://www.multiwebcast.com/eha/2009/14th/speakers/37900/prof.giuseppe.saglio.biography.html admitted to "intentionally providing false confocal images," in a linkurl:retraction;http://www.nature.com/leu/journal/v24/n5/full/leu201064a.html 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;http://www.nature.com/leu/journal/v22/n6/abs/leu200868a.html published in a June 2008 issue and linkurl:another;http://www.nature.com/leu/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/leu2009207a.html published in January 2010. A group of international authors that included Messa also linkurl:retracted;http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/cgi/content/full/115/14/2983-a? a December 2009 online linkurl:paper;http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/cgi/content/abstract/blood-2009-06-226621v1 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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