Waseda rapped on dissertation scrutiny

Jul 18, 2014

Waseda rapped on dissertation scrutiny

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday he will ask Waseda University, which accepted the 2011 dissertation of then-doctoral candidate Haruko Obokata, to improve its dissertation-screening process after the school’s investigation panel said the previous day the study was marred by several flaws, including copyright ...

Ongoing Obokata story seeks out scandal

| Jul 5, 2014

Ongoing Obokata story seeks out scandal

by Mark Schreiber

The paper, titled “Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency,” was accepted by the British science journal Nature on Dec. 20, 2013, and published online on Jan. 29, 2014. The authors were listed as Haruko Obokata, Teruhiko Wakayama, Yoshiki Sasai, Koji Kojima, Martin ...

Jul 1, 2014

Obokata to join cell verification experiment at Riken

The government-backed Riken research institute said it will allow discredited researcher Haruko Obokata to participate in an experiment to verify whether her so-called STAP cells exist as she claims. Starting Tuesday, Obokata was to join a verification experiment that began in April at her ...

Jun 30, 2014

Nature to pull Riken stem cell papers

The British science journal Nature will soon retract two Japanese papers on stem cells in light of a series of misconduct allegations surrounding the research, sources said Monday. When Nature published the papers in January, the findings were considered groundbreaking, with lead author Haruko ...

Riken exec urges strict surveillance of Obokata, verification tests

Jun 27, 2014

Riken exec urges strict surveillance of Obokata, verification tests

Experiments to verify the existence of so-called STAP cells should be conducted under strict monitoring, the head of a state-backed research center said amid growing doubts about discredited studies led by one of its researchers. “It’s necessary to ensure an environment in which misconduct ...

Jun 17, 2014

Reforming Riken

The government-affiliated Riken research institute should heed the recommendations from an expert panel to undertake concrete reforms aimed at preventing the recurrence of a scandal that recently cast doubts on the credibility of scientific research in Japan.