Naoki Mori

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Naoki Mori (森 直樹 Mori Naoki?) is a Japanese virologist who worked at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. He received numerous awards for his research on human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), a retrovirus which causes adult T-cell leukemia.[1][2]

Research fraud[edit]

In 2010, RetractionWatch reported that 5 of Mori's papers had been retracted by the journal Infection and Immunity. (The New York Times put the figure at six.[3])The papers, which were published between 2000 and 2009, described studies on H. pylori.[2][4] Mori was banned from publishing articles in journals operated by the American Society for Microbiology after it was determined that he had manipulated data and images in a number of articles.[2] As of October 2011, thirty papers coauthored by Mori have been retracted, including 5 from Infection and Immunity, 7 from the International Journal of Cancer,[5] 2 from Blood, 1 from Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications titled Downregulation of citrin, a mitochondrial AGC, is associated with apoptosis of hepatocytes.[6][7] Mori took "full responsibility" for "multiple inaccurate and inappropriately duplicated" images,[8] and was dismissed from his university post in August 2010.[2]

After the dismissal in 2010, Naoki Mori was rehired and resumed publishing.[9] Recent publication included research paper titled 'Honokiol induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis via inhibition of survival signals in adult T-cell leukemia'.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile: Professor Naoki Mori, Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer, January 2008
  2. ^ a b c d Normile, Dennis (19 January 2011). "Japanese Virologist Loses Job, Gets Publishing Ban for Image Manipulation". Science. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Carl Zimmer, "A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform", New York Times, 16 April 2012
  4. ^ Marcus, Adam (24 December 2010). "Japanese virologist hit with publishing ban after widespread data manipulation". RetractionWatch. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Marcus, Adam (12 October 2011). "That's a Mori! Seven more retractions brings latest count to 30". RetractionWatch. 
  6. ^ Another retraction for Naoki Mori (make that 23?)
  7. ^ Sawada, S; Kinjo, T; Makishi, S; Tomita, M; Arasaki, A; Iseki, K; Watanabe, H; Kobayashi, K; Sunakawa, H; Iwamasa, T; Mori, N. "RETRACTED: Downregulation of citrin, a mitochondrial AGC, is associated with apoptosis of hepatocytes". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 364: 937–944. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.10.105. PMID 18273444. 
  8. ^ Jump, Paul (13 January 2011). "'Manipulation' nets virologist a 10-year journal ban". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Back in the saddle: After more than 30 retractions, Naoki Mori publishing again
  10. ^ "Honokiol induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis via inhibition of survival signals in adult T-cell leukemia". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects. 1820: 879–887. doi:10.1016/j.bbagen.2012.03.009.