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Top journal retracts 'game-changer' stem-cell study

Published on Jul 2, 2014 7:42 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Leading science journal Nature is withdrawing a stem-cell study published in January that had been hailed as a "game-changer" in the quest to grow transplant tissue.

The announcement on Wednesday came after mistakes were discovered in some data published in two papers, photograph captions were found to be misleading, and the work itself could not be repeated by other scientists, it said.

"All co-authors of both papers have finally concluded that they cannot stand behind the papers, and have decided to retract them," the journal said in an editorial.

Nature said it would tighten up procedures to vet future studies submitted for publication.

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