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Nobel laureate retracts Nature paper

Nobel laureate and olfactory researcher Linda Buck has retracted a paper published in Nature in 2001, after her team failed to reproduce the results.

Elie Dolgin

Nobel laureate and olfactory researcher Linda Buck has retracted a paper published in Nature in 2001, after her team failed to reproduce the results. In the retraction, published in the March 6 issue of Nature, the authors report "inconsistencies between some of the figures and data published in the paper and the original data."

In the retracted paper, which has been cited 138 times according to ISI, Buck, then at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and her team describe tracking neuronal activity in mice from individual scent receptors in the nose through to the olfactory cortex in the brain. Now at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Buck's team tried to replicate and extend the work, but was unable to reproduce the original findings, a news story in this week's Nature reports.

According to a list of author contributions for the original paper that accompanies...

Update: Read Zou's response and the reactions of olfactory researchers.

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