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Falsification Charge Highlights Image-Manipulation Standards

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Science  17 Oct 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5900, pp. 356
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5900.356

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The University of Minnesota announced last week that an academic misconduct committee had concluded that a 2001 journal article contains "falsified" data images, but the paper's lead author, a graduate student in prominent stem cell researcher Catherine Verfaillie's lab at the time, rejects that claim and says she followed the standards of the time for handling images.