‘Didn’t live up to Slate’s editorial standards’

* Editor’s Note (Slate)
* Slate retracts story (Retraction Watch)
* Celltex retraction demand to Slate

I asked Slate editor David Plotz about this, and he replied: “I’m sorry to say that I don’t have anything to add to my note. Because of our editorial shortcomings, the article didn’t live up to slate’s editorial standards.”

Carl Elliott, the author of the piece, tells Retraction Watch: “The withdrawal seemed to me to be driven entirely by fear of litigation. Their main fear seemed to be my referring to McGee’s unpleasant departure from Albany Medical College, which had been reported in Scientific American.”