From Science: A Scientist’s Nightmare: Software Problem Leads to Five Retractions

January 5, 2007

Science 22 December 2006

Vol. 314. no. 5807, pp. 1856 – 1857
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5807.1856

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A Scientist‘s Nightmare: Software Problem Leads to Five Retractions

Greg Miller Until recently, Geoffrey Chang’s career was on a trajectory most young scientists only dream about. In 1999, at the age of 28, the protein crystallographer landed a faculty position at the prestigious Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California. The next year, in a ceremony at the White House, Chang received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the country’s highest honor for young researchers. His lab generated a stream of high-profile papers detailing the molecular structures of important proteins embedded in cell membranes.

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