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Nature group journal retracts two papers after cancer researcher was found to have falsified data

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5218 (Published 15 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5218
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. 1London

Sheng Wang, from Boston University School of Medicine Cancer Research Center, falsified data in two papers published in journals in 2009, said the US Office of Research Integrity last week.

Both papers, one published in Molecular Endocrinology and one in the Nature Publishing Group’s Oncogene, have been retracted.

The Office of Research Integrity’s investigation found that Dr Wang had falsified data that were represented in six of seven figures in one publication and six of eight figures in the second publication. The experiments that Dr Wang is said to have fabricated included reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and chromatin immunoprecipitation. His research involved looking …

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