The journals PLOS ONE and Transplantation have retracted fifteen journal papers by Chinese authors over suspicion they used harvested organs from executed prisoners.
Both journals have cited a paper published by ETAC’s International Advisory Committee chair Wendy Rogers. Rogers and colleagues at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia found more than 400 articles that likely used organs from executed prisoners in China. They called for the “immediate retraction of all papers reporting research based on use of organs from executed prisoners, and an international summit to develop future policy for handling Chinese transplant research.”
Further press coverage:
- 15 studies retracted due to fears they used Chinese prisoners’ organs – New Scientist
- Unethical Methods Does China Still Use Organs of Executed? – Spiegel Online
- Fifteen Science Papers Retracted Over China Illegal Organ Harvesting – National Review
- Journals retract 15 Chinese transplantation studies over executed prisoner concerns – BMJ
- Two medical journals retract 15 Chinese studies about transplants amid fears the scientists used organs from executed prisoners – Daily Mail