With 2 different patient groups, 2 different cancer types, and 2 different research institutes, what would be the chance that the findings would be exactly the same?
Yet, sometimes magic happens, even in science. Let's take a look at the results.
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For that it is useful to look at manuscript submission and publication dates.
Right paper (lung cancer): Manuscript received 2 July 2018, accepted 3 September 2018, published online 10 October 2018.
1. The gastric paper could have been 'stolen' during peer review
2. Both papers could have been bought from the same paper mill, which might have accidentally sold the same paper twice
But big thanks to Nirmalya Saha @nirmalya22, who brought this to my attention. Thank you for your sharp eye!
This is a set of (at least) EIGHT papers, from different authors, different hospitals, different cancers, different protein expressions.
But with identical Kaplan-Meier curves, tables values, line graphs.
See e.g. pubpeer.com/publications/3…