Following feedback on yesterday’s blockbuster article a reader forwarded me the Retraction Watch coverage of this retraction - which completely misses the point of what happened here.
Retraction Watch pride themselves on identifying fraud in scientific papers yet they knew that this was not a fraudulent paper. The reply from Ya-Fang Mei is copied below and confirms (with evidence) that the His-tag method used was not only an established method but differentiated spike protein from the other proteins in its location in the nucleus.
By supporting Freed and Schildgen in this politically motivated witch-hunt Retraction Watch have massively undermined their probity and have potentially contributed to this oncological catastrophe. It is of little surprise to me, as I have followed their blind-eye-turning since their incredibly weak reporting on the Lancetgate scandal.
If you work at retraction watch and you don’t agree, feel free to post in the comments.
[Below: Ya-Fang Mei’s response as published by Retraction Watch, the text to the right of the confocal picture is a clarification of Mei’s text accompanying this picture]