Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process Group retracts microRNA paper after realizing reagent was skewing results

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Interesting discussion around this retraction.  The results were not fraudulent nor were the observations wrong, but the conclusions had to be refined based on a limitation in the reagent.  Should such a thing be retracted?  I don't think so.  If we had to retract everything that was wrong, we'd have a slim scientific literature indeed.  Should it be flagged and annotated?  Absolutely!  More reason why reagents need careful identification and linking.  See a related discussion on Retraction Watch: