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Apr 1, 2014

High-profile stem cell papers contain fraudulent parts: Riken

Some portions of purportedly trailblazing stem cell research papers by Riken researchers and others were fraudulent, the government-backed institute acknowledged Tuesday. A Riken panel investigating allegations leveled at the papers on so-called STAP cells found that two sets of images used in the papers ...

Mar 21, 2014

Protocol of STAP cell generation posted online

A refined protocol for generating so-called STAP cells was posted Thursday on a researcher website for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is where a co-author of controversial papers on potentially groundbreaking stem cell research works. “We have found this to be an effective protocol ...

Mar 16, 2014

Obokata to withdraw much-maligned thesis on stem cells

Haruko Obokata, the lead author of papers on allegedly groundbreaking stem-cell research, has expressed her intention to withdraw the doctoral thesis she submitted to Waseda University, an official at the college said. In an email to a faculty member at the university, Obokata, a ...

Mar 15, 2014

STAP papers discredited, but science may be sound

Although two high-profile research articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells were found to be flawed in an interim investigatory report by Riken, the state-affiliated institute stopped short of categorizing it as wrongdoing. In announcing the interim report, Riken said Friday there had ...

STAP papers discredited, but science may be sound

Mar 15, 2014

STAP papers discredited, but science may be sound

Although two high-profile research articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells were found to be flawed in an interim investigatory report by Riken, the state-affiliated institute stopped short of categorizing it as wrongdoing. In announcing the interim report, Riken said Friday there had ...

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

Mar 12, 2014

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

by Richard Ingham

The space rock that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, famously wiping out the dinosaurs, unleashed acid rain that turned the ocean surface into a witches’ brew, Japanese researchers say. Delving into the riddle of Earth’s last mass extinction, the scientists said in ...