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Retraction of: Identification of biological markers for better characterization of older subjects with physical frailty and sarcopenia

  • Bertrand Fougère , Bruno Vellas , Gabor Abellan van Kan and Matteo Cesari

The lead author and the publisher would like to inform that the article “Identification of biological markers for better characterization of older subjects with physical frailty and sarcopenia” ( has been retracted as per their request.

The article bears the hallmarks of plagiarism, using the unreferenced quotes from, among others, the following papers:

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Received: 2020-08-26
Accepted: 2020-08-27
Published Online: 2020-09-11

© 2020 Bertrand Fougère et al., published by De Gruyter

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