An investigation at the University of Minnesota concludes that a 2001 paper on stem cells from Catherine Verfaillie's lab, and published in Blood, contained falsified images, reports the Associated Press. The investigation cleared Verfaillie of wrongdoing but says she provided "inadequate training and oversight" to her graduate student, Morayma Reyes. According to Reyes, the panel said she falsified data since she adjusted the brightness and contrast of the images contained in the paper. Reyes adds at the time she did the research, that was standard practice, but the standards have now changed and the panel judged her on the new standards.
Tweaking, or Falsifying?
Oct 08, 2008