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Paper Retracted Following Genome Data Breach

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Science  18 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5947, pp. 1486-1487
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1486a

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On 31 August, a paper based on embargoed data deposited in dbGaP, the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) database of genotypes and phenotypes, appeared online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The researchers who had gathered the data notified the author's institution, NIH, and PNAS of the breach, and the responses were swift. Yale took down a press release it had posted about the study. NIH froze the researchers' access to dbGaP. And on 9 September, PNAS retracted the paper. What went wrong? That's still not clear.