Detectives on the side uncover issues with scientific and medical research

At least 37 research articles have been requested to have their withdrawals or revisions made, according to a leading cancer hospital and research institution. The Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is acting after using fictitious photos in its study. The medical school of Harvard University is affiliated with the cancer hospital. Claudine Gay, the previous president of Harvard, recently resigned from her role over charges of plagiarism. The act of claiming someone else’s work as one’s own is known as plagiarism. A British blogger from Wales claimed that the cancer center had released papers containing photos that had been altered in the Dana-Farber case. In his spare time, 32-year-old blogger Sholto David looks into scientific publications.


David reported on his blog on January 2 that he had discovered questionable photos in 30 publications written by four scientists from Dana-Farber, including William Hahn and Laurie Glimcher, two of the organization’s top directors. According to him, certain visuals strengthened the research’s argument. The papers covered the operation of cells. samples of human volunteers’ bone marrow that have been documented. Comparable researchers identified issues with a few of the Dana-Farber publications and made them public on PubPeer. On January 12, reporters for Harvard University’s student newspaper began covering the issues.


In response to the media attention, Dana-Farber stated that it has already investigated the issues. The center announced on January 22 that due to issues, it had requested that six of the publications be retracted, or taken out of publication. In 31 additional publications, corrections were also requested. Dana-Farber’s research integrity officer is Dr. Barrett Rollins. He claimed that in “most” of the incidents that David brought up, the center and its scientists acted “promptly and decisively.” There are other people besides David who examine scientific research and search for flaws. Microbiologist Elisabeth Bik works in California. She has ten years of experience reading journals and articles. More than 1,000 articles have been removed as a result of her work.

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