Category: Research Reproducibility

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The Island of Dr Izpisua Belmonte

Human-monkey chimeras arrive to solve the problem of organ shortage. Thank Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, who is ready to cure all possible diseases and even the old age. With chutzpah and Cell on his side.

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Jan Van Deursen sues me again because UT San Antonio withdrew job offer

“After the University of Texas learned of the articles, the plaintiff did not receive the promised contract for signing. He was told that the recruitment process has ended. […] No academic institution is currently interested to recruit the plaintiff
despite his enormous scientific reputation.” – Lucas Brost, van Deursen’s lawyer.

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Lopez-Otin and Daley retract Nature Cell Biology paper

The 2015 Nature Cell Biology paper by the Spanish cancer researcher Carlos Lopez-Otin and his US partner George Q Daley, stem cell titan and dean of Harvard Medical School, is being retracted. First author and Lopez-Otin’s student Clara Soria-Valles caused Daley even more trouble: her next groundbreaking paper was meant to be already published, but it is not even submitted and might never be.

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Lopez-Otin and Kroemer: birds of a feather flock together

Following my reporting, the cancer researcher Carlos López-Otín abandoned his ERC-funded 36-member-strong “Degradome” lab at the University of Oviedo in Spain and moved in with his collaborator in Paris, France, Guido Kroemer. Yet Lopez-Otin’s data integrity issues seem as poppycock compared to what Kroemer and his life partner Laurence Zitvogel dished out to the scientific community.