Two papers looking at colon cancer biomarkers have been retracted by research team that had been based at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, reports Retraction Watch. Papers from that group looking at prostate cancer have already been retracted, the blog adds, and some of the team members have since moved on from Hopkins.

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