A colleague has uploaded about a dozen candidate disease genes to GeneMatcher, described here and here and located here, with excellent success. However last year and again recently he has encountered the case wherein a case was uploaded and a cohort formed, but a few months down the line one of the dropped out collaborators published an n=1 paper in a low tier journal, basically using GeneMatcher to check whether the disease link of the gene was legitimate, to assess the phenotypic range and see what test are worth doing.
- Is there documented precedence of this behaviour (preferably citable)? If not,
- does anyone have personal experience of this and what is the ratio of incidences over total submissions (I know that is hearsay, but it would be very helpful)?
- And also has anyone successfully taken action (say getting user barred)?