Ye X, Xiong S, Teng Z, Yang Y, Wang J, Yu K, Wu H, Mei Y, Yan Z., Cheng S, Yin C, Wang F, Yao H, Fang Q, Song Q, Werren J, Ye G, Li F. 2020. Amino acid synthesis loss in parasitoid wasps and other hymenopterans. eLife 9:e59795. doi: 10.7554/eLife.59795.
Published 19, October 2020
We are retracting the above eLife paper due to errors that have resulted in incorrect conclusions concerning amino acid pathway loss in hymenopterans and other insects. Three colleagues (J McCutcheon, A Wilson, and N Moran) together alerted us that our conclusions were inconsistent with other studies showing the same amino acid pathway losses early in metazoan evolution. Upon examination, we found that the problem arose because of our incorrect homology assignments of certain amino acid pathway genes to nonhomologous insect genes, resulting in inaccurate characterization of gene loss patterns. As a consequence, conclusions concerning amino acid pathway loss are incorrect, requiring the paper’s retraction. All authors have agreed to the retraction.