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Editorial expression of concern

Science  22 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6271, pp. 348
DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6271.348-a

On 7 May 2004, Science published the Report “RNA-Mediated Metal-Metal Bond Formation in the Synthesis of Hexagonal Palladium Nanoparticles” by Lina A. Gugliotti, Daniel L. Feldheim, and Bruce E. Eaton (1). An investigation by the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Office of Inspector General determined that the authors falsified research data published in the paper. Although the NSF did not find that the authors' actions constituted misconduct, it nonetheless concluded that they “were a significant departure from research practices” (2). Science is working with the authors to understand their response to the NSF final ruling. Depending on the outcome of this discussion, Science will issue either a Retraction or a (further) correction to the paper, as allowed under the NSF ruling. In the meantime, this Editorial Expression of Concern serves to alert readers to the conclusions of the investigation.

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