Journal retracts diabetes study

Thu, 02 Apr 2009
A journal has made the decision to retract a research paper published more than eight years ago. The article was a report into how gene therapy treatment could lead to remission of type 1 diabetes amongst both rats and mice .

At the time, the research was hailed as a breakthrough in diabetes news. However, the lead author of the paper and the other researchers involved have asked for the paper to be retracted following a failure to replicate the results of the experiment.

Despite the decision to retract, one author stands by the research whilst a final one is deceased. The research came from a team at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and was published in the journal Nature.

At the time, concerns over whether the process would work in humans were raised. Several pathways to type 1 diabetes cures have been outlined.
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