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Monday, February 11, 2008

Biology Journal Under Fire

The peer-review process at Proteomics is being blasted after the biology journal published a paper online (in advance of print) that not only contains some plagiarized parts, but also appears to support creationism. In the paper, "Mitochondria, the missing link between body and soul,” scientists Mohamad Warda and Jin Han of Inje University in South Korea write that similarities in the mitochondria of different life forms "are more likely to be interpreted as a reflection of a single common fingerprint initiated by a mighty creator than relying on a single cell that is, in a doubtful way, surprisingly originating all other kinds of life." One of the authors, it seems, is now seeking a retraction. —Heather Wax