July 14, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Retraction Watch

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Papers and news for weekend reads. Hostile Takeover: Glioma Stem Cells Recruit TAMs to Support Tumor Progression by Yu Shi, Yi-fang Ping, Xia Zhang, Xiu-wu Bian in Cell Stem Cell YAP1 Regulates OCT4 Activity and SOX2 Expression to Facilitate self-renewal and Vascular Mimicry of Stem-like Cells by Namrata Bora-Singhal, Jonathan Nguyen, Courtney Schaal, Deepak Perumal, Sandeep Singh, Domenico Coppola, Srikumar Chellappan in Stem Cells Jacob Hannah’s team posts on bioRxiv in support of their original Mbd3/NuRD findings. RetractionWatch: Judge rules most of PubPeer’s commenters can remain anonymous. The key …Read More

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The last two years at Nature Magazine have seen a surprising wave of paper retractions. In 2013 and now just so far in 2014, Nature has retracted a total of 14 papers. How unusual is that? Historically, Nature retracts relatively few papers, perhaps just under two per year on average. What the heck has been going on in 2013-2014? Let’s break it down. Last year in 2013, Nature retracted six papers, an unusually large number. Just year-to-date in 2014, things seem to have gone from bad to worse as Nature has already retracted eight …Read More

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Is it really deja vu all over again with allegations of potential wrongdoing in a paper on human cloning? “Say it isn’t so!”, is basically the universal reaction I’m getting from people in the stem cell field. Well, sadly it seems to be so folks. What’s going on? Allegations have emerged on a website called PubPeer (a post-publication review kind of website) about the recent Cell paper by the Mitalipov lab on human therapeutic cloning. A person called “Peer 1” has pointed out alleged …Read More