Another retraction for potential prostate cancer test from Hopkins
Earlier this year, we reported on the case of Robert Getzenberg of Johns Hopkins, who retracted a 2007 paper in Urology that was “at the center of two 2009 lawsuits brought by a company that funded the work.”
Getzenberg has now retracted a related paper, “Analysis of a serum test for prostate cancer that detects a second epitope of EPCA-2,” published in The Prostate in 2009 and cited nine times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
The notice in The Prostate goes further than the one in Urology, using the word “falsification:”
The following article from The Prostate, ‘Analysis of a Serum Test for Prostate Cancer That Detects a Second Epitope of EPCA-2’ by Eddy S. Leman, Ahmed Magheli, Grant W. Cannon, Leslie Mangold, Alan W. Partin, and Robert H. Getzenberg, Published online 5 May 2009 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), and in Volume 69, pp. 1188–1194, has been retracted at the request of the authors, and by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor-in-Chief, John T. Isaacs, and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. As the authors re-reviewed the data presented in the article, they identified differences between some of the plate reader values and those that were reported in the article. For some of the data the values were indeed from the plate reader data, whereas the source of other values is not easily apparent. Therefore, the article may contain data falsification. Furthermore, the values were not blanked. Taken together, the inconsistencies in the data collection and recordation warrant retraction of the article. The authors sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
An aside: We hadn’t seen the word “recordation” used in science before, but apparently NASA has used it. From an MSNBC.com story earlier this year:
“Recordation is a term generally used in the context of Historic American Building Surveys or Historic American Engineering Records,” NASA’s federal preservation officer Jennifer Groman told collectSpace in an e-mail. “We at NASA have adopted the term for a broader purpose to cover the documentation efforts we are conducting as part of a memorandum of agreement with several state historic preservation officers and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for our Section 106 compliance under the National Historic Preservation Act.”