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June 7, 2013
Mutato Nomine De Te Fabula Narratur
Reader may remember the sudden demise of science-fraud.org, under threats of legal action. Its author, Paul Brookes, had a steady stream of material pointing out what very much seemed to be altered and duplicated figures in many scientific publications.
Now comes word that the Brazilian researcher (Rai Curi) whose legal threats led to that shutdown has corrected yet another one of his publications. That Retraction Watch link has the details, but I wanted to highlight the corrections involved:
After the publication of this manuscript we observed mistakes in Figures 3A, 4A, and 6A. The representative images related to pAkt (Figure 3A), mTOR total (Figure 4A), and MuRF-1 total (Figure 6A) have been revised. Please note the original raw blots are now provided with the revised Figures as part of this Correction.
In Figure 3A, pAkt panel, the C and CS bands had been duplicated.
In Figure 4A, the bands were re-arranged compared to the original blot.
In Figure 6A, the band for group D was incorrect.
The remaining Figures, results and conclusions are the same as originally reported in the article. The authors apologize for these errors and refer readers to the corrected Figures 3A, 4A, and 6A provided in this Correction.
So I'm certainly glad that Prof. Curi went after a web site that looks for rearranged blots and altered gels. We wouldn't want any of that around. Would we, now.
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