Request for retraction of Drosten paper on RT-qPCR test
International consortium of scientists in life sciences have published a report on the flaws of the Drosten RT-qPCR protocol for detection and diagnostics of 2019-nCoV and the manuscript suffer from numerous technical and scientific errors, including insufficient primer design, a problematic and insufficient RT-qPCR protocol, and the absence of an accurate test validation. Neither the presented test nor the manuscript itself fulfils the requirements for an acceptable scientific publication. Further, serious conflicts of interest of the authors are not mentioned. Finally, the very short timescale between submission and acceptance of the publication (24 hours) signifies that a systematic peer review process was either not performed here, or of problematic poor quality. They provide compelling evidence of several scientific inadequacies, errors and flaws.
Considering the scientific and methodological blemishes presented here, the scientists are confident that the editorial board of Eurosurveillance has no other choice but to retract the publication.
and retraction request letter: https://cormandrostenreview.com/retraction-request-letter-to-eurosurveillance-editorial-board/