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A Dark Tale Behind Two Retractions

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Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1610-1611
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5960.1610

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The notices published in Science last month and online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in September were brief: Two papers from a prominent chemistry lab were being retracted because the results couldn't be replicated. Part of the story behind the retractions is anything but straightforward, however. It involves an extortion attempt and a threat of suicide.

  • * With reporting by Michael Torrice.