Postdoc censured for fudged images

A Texas stem cell researcher falsified data by mucking around with her results in Photoshop, according to an Office of Research Integrity (ORI) linkurl:ruling.;http://ori.dhhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Gu.shtml Peili Gu, a postdoc in linkurl:Austin Cooney's;http://www.bcm.edu/star/?PMID=3007 lab at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas from 2000 to 2007, falsified images in three papers that investigated the role of the germ cell nuclear factor on the expression of pluripotency genes in

Elie Dolgin
Dec 2, 2008
A Texas stem cell researcher falsified data by mucking around with her results in Photoshop, according to an Office of Research Integrity (ORI) linkurl:ruling.;http://ori.dhhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Gu.shtml Peili Gu, a postdoc in linkurl:Austin Cooney's;http://www.bcm.edu/star/?PMID=3007 lab at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas from 2000 to 2007, falsified images in three papers that investigated the role of the germ cell nuclear factor on the expression of pluripotency genes in mouse embryonic stem cells. Her misconduct mostly involved Photoshop forgery, the ORI concluded. Gu sliced and diced lanes from Western blots to insert, delete, or duplicate various bands and lanes in multiple figures in three papers -- one from the __Journal of Biological Chemistry__ in linkurl:2005,;http://www.jbc.org/cgi/content/abstract/280/36/31818 which has been cited 6 times according to ISI, and two from __Molecular and Cellular Biology__ in linkurl:2005;http://mcb.asm.org/cgi/content/abstract/25/19/8507 and linkurl:2006,;http://mcb.asm.org/cgi/content/abstract/26/24/9471 which have been cited 34 and 16 times, respectively. "It's stupid and crazy really," Cooney told __The...

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