Fiction Fact!

Jun 24 2015 Published by under Careers

I need a picture of a gel I can put into this manuscript that's a placeholder. Just until the experiment's finished and I have the real data. Let's see... Let's look through all my old lab notebooks and see if I can find a gel that's just the right size. With exactly the right number of lanes. And exactly the right number of bands in exactly the places I'm expecting them of course! Just as a placeholder...

<six months later>

Oh gee willikers! I forgot to take out that gosh darn placeholder figure and now it's published. Oopsie!

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Apparently this kind of innocent mistake - a pitfall if you will - is made a lot in submissions to at least one Glammag... It's easy to imagine a poor honest scientist making such an error, isn't it?

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