I want to bake our favorite ninja/journalist, Trine Tsouderos, some cupcakes.
In an email, retrovirologist Jonathan Stoye suggested that if the methods described in the original paper don’t hold up, it should be retracted.
“Sooner or later they are going to have to face up to the fact that [their] paper is almost certainly flawed beyond repair,” wrote Stoye, head of the Division of Virology at the UK Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research. “What is more, WPI cannot simply blame others for failing to reproduce their protocols.”
“Rather they must ask themselves whether the protocols they have described, if followed to the letter, can yield the data they have reported,” he wrote. “If not, the original paper should be retracted.”