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Top Chinese scientist faces questions about publications

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Science  29 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6469, pp. 1060
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6469.1060

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A prominent Chinese scientist is facing questions about possibly doctored images in up to 60 publications. The handling of an investigation, by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, could be a test of China's pledges to crack down on research misconduct. The scientist, immunologist Cao Xuetao, is president of Nankai University in Tianjin and has headed and in some cases still heads a number of China's leading biomedical laboratories. The questions first surfaced on PubPeer, the publications review website, on 14 November. Cao posted a response on 17 November, promising to re-examine manuscripts, data, and lab records, and to notify journals if there is any risk to the published record. He also apologized for any oversight on his part.

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