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GWAS Review Retracted

A review of genome-wide association studies in domesticated animals has been retracted due to plagiarism, reports Adam Marcus at Retraction Watch. The 2012 Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology review from Hui Li and colleagues at China's Ministry of Agriculture and the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, China, had "substantial textual overlap with previously published sources," according to the retraction notice.

Marcus point out one example of a sentence in the review being identical to one found in a 2010 PLOS Genetics article. He notes, though, that for that example as well as in others in the text that he found the researchers did cite their sources, leading him to consider that the researchers "may not have understood it to be plagiarism."