Volume 92 Issue 8 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 24, 2014

Paper On Herbicide-Eating Bacteria Retracted

Results on atrazine-eating bacteria can’t be replicated, but authors are cleared of misconduct
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: retraction, irreproducibility, scientific publishing

In 2010, Justin P. Gallivan and coworkers at Emory University reported in Nature Chemical Biology that they had engineered a bacterium that could find and degrade the herbicide atrazine (C&EN, May 17, 2010, page 12). They have now retracted the paper because certain results could not be replicated. The problem was discovered when a postdoctoral researcher in Gallivan’s lab couldn’t reproduce key findings in the paper. . . .

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