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Retraction Note: Molecular insights into the anti-cancer properties of Traditional Tibetan medicine Yukyung Karne

The Original Article was published on 07 October 2014

Retraction Note: BMC Complement Med Ther 14, 380 (2014)

The Editor has retracted this article. After publication, concerns were raised regarding similar western blot control images in this article and the authors’ later work [1]. The authors explained that the data in the two articles originated from the same experiments. Further checks by the Publisher identified the use of the SKOV6 cell line, which is reported to be contaminated with HeLa cells, making it an unsuitable model for ovarian cancer. This undermines the conclusion that Yukyung Karne is specific to ovarian cancer. Due to the cell line issue, the Editor no longer has confidence in the conclusions of this article.

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  1. Choedon T, Mathan G, Kumar V. The traditional tibetan medicine Yukyung Karne exhibits a potent anti-metastatic activity by inhibiting the epithelial to mesenchymal transition and cell migration. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015;15:182.

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Choedon, T., Dolma, D., Mathan, G. et al. Retraction Note: Molecular insights into the anti-cancer properties of Traditional Tibetan medicine Yukyung Karne. BMC Complement Med Ther 23, 96 (2023).

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