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Appeal Lost

Carlo Croce, an Ohio State University cancer researcher, has lost his latest court appeal, Retraction Watch reports.

Croce both sued the New York Times following its publication of a piece that reported on allegations of research misconduct that had been brought against him and Purdue University's David Sanders for comments he made in the Times article and in a Lafayette Journal Courier article. In 2018, a judge largely dismissed the libel suit Croce brought against the Times.

Last May, as Retraction Watch then reported, a US federal judge ruled against Croce in his defamation suit against Sanders. It now adds that Croce has lost the appeal he made in that case, as three Sixth Circuit of Appeals judges upheld the earlier ruling, with the judges noting that journals have raised concerns about some papers from Croce. For instance, in 2017, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences issued two expressions of concern regarding papers published by Croce, and Retraction Watch says Croce has had 10 papers retracted.

Croce is also suing Ohio State to be reinstated as department chair, saying he was improperly forced out.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.