Researchers working with the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) manipulated images in several research papers over the years and have now been exposed by a Science Journalist.
Leonid shared details of the doctored images in his blog. You can read the blogpost here : Schneider’s blog.
It has been found that between 2004 and 2005, Massimo Tommasino, and his colleague, Uzma Hasan, working at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had published Cancer research papers with doctored images.
This practice came to light after the Science journalist Leonid Schneider published the images in his blog titled “WHO cures cancer in Photoshop” and reported the breach of ethics by the scientists.
He credited the unmasking of the doctoring to comments made by an anonymous user under the authors’ papers on PubPeer, a discussion forum for research, about two months ago.
Remarking,sarcastically, on the doctoring of images by the researchers, Scheinder says in his blogpost:
“…Images of western blots and other research data get artistically modified to facilitate the publishability of the postulated cancer therapy ideas in respected peer reviewed research journals.”
Comment from WHO or the researcher has not been made regarding the revelation yet and it remains to be seen how the organisation deals with these allegations.