Retraction: “A Multiplex PCR Assay for the Rapid and Sensitive detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Simultaneous Discrimination of Staphylococcus aureus from Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci” by Benjin Xu, Ling Liu, Li Liu, Xinping Li, Xiaofang Li, and Xin Wang
The above article, published online on 26 October 2012 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), and in Volume 77, No. 11, pp. M638-642, November 2012, has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief, E. Allen Foegeding, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been agreed due to data fabrication and unattributed overlap with “A Pentaplex PCR Assay for the Rapid Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Panton-Valtentine Leucocidin” by Hassanain Al-Talib, Chan Yean, Yean, Alyaa Al-Khateeb, Habsan Hassan, Kirnpal-Kaur Banga Singh, Karim Al-Jashamy, and Manickam Ravichandran (BMC Microbiology 9:113, May 2009, doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-9-113).
Author Xu has confirmed that he alone committed this misconduct, submitting the article without the knowledge or agreement of his co-authors, and he accepts full responsibility for its publication.
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