A Japanese researcher falsified figures in three published papers while working as a visiting postdoc at the NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) linkurl:reported;http://ori.dhhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Tanaka.shtml last week. Kazuhiro Tanaka, a cancer researcher formerly at Kyushu University in Japan, fidgeted with Western blots, Northern blots, and gel shift assay images by duplicating bands in the results of three papers published from 2000 to 2002. The dodgy studies stem from work done from 1996 to 1998 when Tanaka was a visiting postdoc in linkurl:Yoshihiko Yamada's;http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/NIDCRLaboratories/CellDevelopmental/YYamada.htm lab at the NIDCR investigating transcriptional regulation of type II and type XI collagen genes in mouse and rat cells. The fudged figures were included in linkurl:one paper;http://www.jbc.org/cgi/content/abstract/275/17/12712 in the __Journal of Biological Chemistry__ (JBC) in 2000 (with Tanaka as a middle author), which identified a cartilage-specific enhancer in the first intron of the collagen gene, __Col11a2__, and has...
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