A Few Touchups?

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2013 retraction published

2013 retraction published for
J. Clin. Invest. 2007;117(3):693–702.


Der Spiegel, Germany,

Der Spiegel, Germany, reporting on Alfredo Fusco.

Please see der Speigel 44/2013 page 115.


Full article in der Spiegel

Full article in der Spiegel now free.


Second retraction for A Fusco

Second retraction for A Fusco published 6th December 2013.



Cell Death and Differentiation advance online publication 6 December 2013; doi: 10.1038/cdd.2013.183
Retraction: High Mobility Group A1 (HMGA1) proteins interact with p53 and inhibit its apoptotic activity

G M Pierantoni, C Rinaldo, F Esposito, M Mottolese, S Soddu and A Fusco

Retraction to: Cell Death and Differentiation (2006) 13, 1554–1563; doi:10.1038/sj.cdd.4401839

It has come to our attention that multiple bands in Figure 1e and lanes in Figure 3a have been inappropriately duplicated. The authors are unable to provide the original source files that were used to generate these data and they have all agreed to retract this article. The conclusions of the paper have been confirmed by subsequent papers.

End of retraction notice.

The irony of that retraction is that the
editor-in-chief of Cell Death Diff has his own problematic publication.
There must be an explanation.

Please see:


For reference:
Blood. 2009 Jun 18;113(25):6498-9.

One question which needs to

One question which needs to be asked:
is there a system problem with the MRC toxicology unit, Leicester, where Gerry Melino is based?

Two high profile publications from that unit have been under scientific srutiny this year:-

1. Nature 485,507–511(24 May 2012)

Scientific criticism found here:

2. Directorial publication.

Genes Dev. 2009 May 15;23(10):1207-20. doi: 10.1101/gad.516509.

Scientific riticism found here: