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Faked results lead to retraction of high-profile cancer neuroscience study

An investigation found that the experiments required more animals than the scientists had purchased.

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla
18 June 2024 | 4 min read

Anti-vax blogger retracts critique of study that debunked vaccination-autism link

The commentary contained misguided criticisms of the study’s statistical methods, the lead investigator says.

By Calli McMurray
29 May 2024 | 3 min read
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Ethics Microphone

FDA describes ‘objectionable conditions’ at New York State Psychiatric Institute

The facility’s institutional review board failed to report a 2021 incident and “serious and ongoing noncompliance” by a principal investigator, according to a letter released by the federal agency this week.

By Brendan Borrell
2 April 2024 | 6 min listen
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Retraction Microphone

Nobel Prize winner Thomas Südhof retracts study

The retraction follows an editorial expression of concern that the journal applied to the paper in October, seven months after it was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

By Shaena Montanari
7 March 2024 | 3 min listen
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Autism journal retracts speech-recognition paper, pauses special issue

The journal’s publisher flagged problems in 11 papers that were part of a special issue on assistive technology in special education.

By Calli McMurray
29 February 2024 | 2 min read
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U.S. government requested inquiry into Alzheimer’s scientist over misconduct allegations

Gary Dunbar’s university ruled he was not guilty of research misconduct. Nine months later, the federal government demanded another look.

By Calli McMurray
7 February 2024 | 6 min read
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After retractions, Alzheimer’s scientist is left cleaning up a prolific collaborator’s mess

A Michigan neuroscientist is working to correct or retract his collaborator’s findings in at least four papers, following a university investigation that has already resulted in two retractions and three corrections.

By Brendan Borrell
9 January 2024 | 8 min read
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Standout neuroscience news in 2023

Did you miss any of our favorite stories from the past year? Revisit them here.

By The Transmitter
27 December 2023 | 4 min read
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Scrutinized autism prediction paper retracted over problems in peer review

The paper is one of more than 8,000 that have been pulled by the publisher this year, after an investigation found evidence of manipulation in the publication and peer-review process.

By Calli McMurray
15 December 2023 | 3 min read
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Head of company that accredits autism service providers resigns after article retraction

The resignation follows reporting by Spectrum and Retraction Watch in October about nonexistent references in the retracted article.

By Ellie Kincaid
29 November 2023 | 4 min read

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