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Misconduct by Postdocs Leads to Retraction of Papers

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Science  24 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5999, pp. 1583
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5999.1583

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Last week, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City said that two postdoctoral fellows working in the lab of noted gene therapy researcher Savio Woo had been fired for research misconduct. In a statement, the school said that Woo had been cleared of any wrongdoing in an internal investigation and had voluntarily retracted four research papers. Other researchers say the impact of the retractions probably won't be widespread, but they are an unfortunate blow for a distinguished scientist in the latter stages of his career.