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Science will tighten standards after retracting stem cell papers

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1189
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The editor of Science, Donald Kennedy, said that his journal would tighten its review procedures and would work with Nature and other leading journals to try to identify fraudulent papers.

    He was speaking last week at a press conference with John Brauman, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, who headed an independent committee formed after Science retracted two papers by the South Korean researcher Hwang Woo Suk. The committee was set up to look into the way the journal handled the papers.

    Professor Hwang's papers reported the creation of stem cells from cloned human embryos and the production of stem cells matched to the donors (Science 2004;303:1669-74; 2005;308:1777-83). A whistleblower and South Korean journalists revealed that the papers were fraudulent.

    Dr Kennedy's editorial giving …

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