Another Harvard paper retracted – post-doc’s research suspect

The paper in NatureSystemic signals regulate ageing and rejuvenation of blood stem cell niches” by Shane R. Mayack, Jennifer L. Shadrach, Francis S. Kim & Amy J. Wagers has been retracted at the request of 3 of the authors.

According to the Boston Globe story the retraction was not signed by Shane R Mayack, the lead author of the article, who was a postdoctoral researcher in Wagers’s laboratory.

The paper, published in January in Nature, examined aging of blood stem cells. The retraction, published yesterday, was signed by Amy Wagers, a stem cell biologist at Joslin Diabetes Center and two of her coauthors.

Joslin spokesman Eric Bender said he could not comment on whether Mayack was still working in the laboratory. The retraction did not explain whether it was an innocent mistake, possible research misconduct, or some other issue — nor did it make clear who, if anyone, was at fault.

Two months ago, Harvard confirmed that a high-profile psychology professor, Marc Hauser, had engaged in eight instances of scientific misconduct, leading to the retraction of one paper he coauthored and raising concerns about two others.




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3 Responses to “Another Harvard paper retracted – post-doc’s research suspect”

  1. A second Mayack paper gives cause for concern « The k2p blog Says:

    […] second Mayack paper gives cause for concern By ktwop Earlier today I posted about the retraction of a Nature paper due to doubts about the work done by the lead author Shane R. […]

  2. Wager’s paper (without Nayack) also questioned « The k2p blog Says:

    […] A few days ago the paper in Nature “Systemic signals regulate ageing and rejuvenation of blood stem cell niches” by Shane R. Mayack, Jennifer L. Shadrach, Francis S. Kim & Amy J. Wagers was retracted at the request of 3 of the authors. Then the Journal Blood issued a Notice of Concern regarding a second paper with Shane Mayack as the lead author and published with Amy Wagers. […]

  3. Another Nature paper retracted by authors but lead author does not sign retraction « The k2p blog Says:

    […] authors but where the alleged misconduct is not acknowledged by the lead author. (See the cases of Shane R Mayack and Hung-Shu Chang for example). Just the fact that some data can not be reproduced does not mean […]

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