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Sounds Like a Fancy Word for 'Oops'

The hits just keep on coming for the Taiwan research team charged with manipulating images in a paper they published in the October edition of Cell. The scientists, who contend that no such image-doctoring took place, have formally retracted the article. A news article about it can be found here.

And speaking of retractions, one of the ScienceBlogs writers weighs in on the slew of papers that have been yanked on the finding that an algorithm used by a team that originally published it in Science yields flawed data. Blogger Sandra Porter writes, "I'm stunned that 364 publications cited his 2001 paper and no one tested the software with data sets from positive controls!"


The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.