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Researchers asked to retract a Science paper have finally conceded to retraction more than a year after it was published. The much-criticised paper, published by researchers from Spanish National Research Council’s Institute of Catalysis and UK’s Bangor University, described the synthesis of 1676 quenched fluorescent dye-metabolite compounds.
Soon after publication of the paper, the work was heavily criticised by scientists around the world. They also pointed it to be a failure of Science‘s peer-review system which made it the topic of an editorial in Science in December 2009.