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Removed from the Record

The University of Ala­bama at Birmingham has asked that nine research papers from researcher H.M. Krishna Murthy be retracted, reports The Birmingham News. The findings of these papers — one of which appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and has already been retracted — are apparently fabricated or false. The university began an investigation into Murthy in 2007 and "found a preponderance of evidence" that 11 protein structures had been fabricated. The school is also asking the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank to remove the structures from its database. "Scientific misconduct is absolutely unacceptable," said UAB's vice president for re­search and economic de­velopment Richard Marchase in a statement.