Scientists Retract Paper Touting Sperm From Stem Cells
But say attribution, not science itself, at issue
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2009 2:56 PM CDT
Professor Karim Nayernia is seen in Newcastle, England, July 8, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A paper by British scientists on the creation of synthetic human sperm had to be retracted from the journal Stem Cell and Development, AFP reports. The paper, which reported the revolutionary creation of sperm from stem cells, included text written by another scientist, who was not credited. The retraction is not due to the validity of the findings, the authors say.

The researchers, from Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute, said in a statement that this was because an “earlier version” was accidentally submitted to Stem Cell, which included text by a researcher who has since left Newcastle. A revised version of the paper will be submitted to “another peer-reviewed academic journal” the statement said.