New Scientist’s investigation of research at the University of Minnesota’s Stem Cell Institute has led to a finding of misconduct against one researcher, the retraction of two scientific papers, and corrections to several more. With Eugenie Samuel Reich. Selected articles:
Doubts Over Stem Cell Images Prompt New Inquiry. New Scientist, August 2009. Lightning never strikes again in the same place? Tell that to the University of Minnesota, as it looks into more problematic papers. Article as PDF.
Stem Cell Researcher Guilty Of Falsifying Data. New Scientist, October 2008. A former member of one of the highest-profile teams in stem cell biology is found guilty of misconduct, and the university asks for a paper to be retracted.
Flawed Stem Cell Data Withdrawn. New Scientist, February 2007. An initial inquiry finds problems with a paper describing adult cells that seemed to hold the same promise as embryonic stem cells.