Chinese scientists row over long-sought protein that senses magnetism

Sinclair-Stammers/Science Photo Library Neuroscientists in China say they have used magnetic fields to control neurons and muscle cells in nematode worms (pictured), after identifying a protein that senses magnetism. A dispute has broken out at two of China’s most prestigious universities over a potentially groundbreaking discovery: the identification of a protein that may allow organisms to sense magnetic fields. On 14 September, Zhang Sheng-jia, a neuroscientist at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and his colleagues published a paper1 in Science Bulletin claiming to use magnetic fields to remotely control neurons and muscle cells in worms, by employing a particular magnetism-sensing protein. But Xie Can, a biophysicist at neighbouring Peking University, says that Zhang’s publication draws on a discovery made in his laboratory, currently under review for publication, and violates a collaboration…


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