Editorial retraction

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Science  05 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6273, pp. 569
DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6273.569-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). After an investigation by the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Office of Inspector General, NSF did not find that the authors' actions constituted misconduct. NSF nonetheless concluded that they “were a significant departure from research practices” and “a misrepresentation of data on which a conclusion was based” (2). In response to the NSF ruling, author Feldheim sent wording for a correction to Science. However, the Editors do not think a correction is appropriate given the concerns raised by the Inspector General's report about what evidence was available to support the authors' assertions at the time the paper was published. Hence, Science is issuing this Retraction instead. Author Gugliotti could not be reached for her concurrence in this matter. Authors Feldheim and Eaton do not agree to this Retraction.


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