Science doesn't believe in MAGIC

Following a final report from a prominent South Korean university, __Science__ formally retracted a paper today (Apr. 23) from Korean researcher Kim Tae-kook purportedly reporting a new technology to identify drug targets called magnetism-based interaction capture (MAGIC). Kim Tae-kookImage: AFP/KAISTIn linkurl:February 2008,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54398/ Kim was suspended from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he was a faculty member, afte

Elie Dolgin
Apr 22, 2009
Following a final report from a prominent South Korean university, __Science__ formally retracted a paper today (Apr. 23) from Korean researcher Kim Tae-kook purportedly reporting a new technology to identify drug targets called magnetism-based interaction capture (MAGIC).
Kim Tae-kook
Image: AFP/KAIST
In linkurl:February 2008,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54398/ Kim was suspended from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he was a faculty member, after a preliminary report from the university investigating two of his studies concluded that "the two papers do not contain any scientific truth." The studies -- the now-retracted Science paper, published in 2005, and a 2006 paper in__ linkurl:Nature Chemical Biology;http://www.nature.com/nchembio/journal/v2/n7/abs/nchembio800.html __(NCB) -- characterized MAGIC, a way to use magnetized nanoparticles to track protein movements in order to find new molecular drug targets. The __NCB__ paper was retracted last July, before the KAIST committee had wrapped up its internal investigation. All nine of the study's authors signed...

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