Investigation into data fraud results in heart researcher’s dismissal

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 27 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6208
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Five published articles on the genetic causes of cardiac arrhythmia are being retracted after the dismissal of a Montreal Heart Institute researcher who falsified data in his work. The institute dismissed Zhiguo Wang after an investigation triggered in August when he requested the retraction of two articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (2007;282:12363-7, doi:10.1074/jbc.A111.700015; 2008;283:20045-52, doi:10.1074/jbc.A111.801035).

Two terse retractions appeared in the 12 August issue. One of the articles had been cited 126 times, the other 76 times. At the time, Dr Wang told the website Retraction Watch, “We noticed some mistakes in the Western blot band images shown in these papers. These …

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