Harvard Cancer Center found signs of plagiarism and data manipulation in dozens of scientific papers

Harvard Cancer Center found signs of plagiarism and data manipulation in dozens of scientific papers

The Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is retracting six scientific papers and requesting corrections to another 31 publications by its scientists. The center suspects that these works contain plagiarism and data manipulation, reports The Wall Street Journal.

All 37 articles listed were written and published between 1997 and 2017. They are mainly devoted to the biological features of the development of cancer in the human body. Some of the scientific works that came under suspicion were signed by four managers and senior researchers of the center.

In addition, Dana-Farber is studying 16 more publications. The center claims that three of them have already been tested and no “data anomalies” have been found.

Suspicions arose after the publication of an article by the British molecular biologist Sholto David. In it, he talked about the fact that the image in scientific articles of the center’s employees was edited in such a way as to mislead readers. In particular, identical pictures appear several times in the works, including graphs and images obtained by the method of detecting proteins in complex mixtures, which is called western blot. According to David, this could hardly have happened by chance.

Among others, the authors of the works mentioned by the British scientist were the director general of the center Dr. Laurie Glimcher and its executive director Dr. William Hahn.

Dana-Farber reported that they had started sending out a newsletter to scientific publications about possible corrections in the articles even before the publication of David’s article. Representatives of the center note that they have yet to determine whether the behavior of the authors of the articles was improper. According to them, the investigation can last for a year, since the inconsistencies of the images in the scientific works do not indicate the intention of the authors of the publications to deceive the readers.

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