Oct 24, 2014

Riken top brass to take pay cuts over STAP cell scandal

The Riken research institute has announced pay cuts for its top brass, in connection with an embarrassing international scandal over research on so-called STAP cells. Riken President Ryoji Noyori, a 2001 Nobel laureate in chemistry, will return 10 percent of his pay for three ...

Sep 17, 2014

Obokata's mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy

Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key co-author of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised method for producing pluripotent stem cells. “We made a significant mistake in our original declaration that the (previous) protocol was ‘easy’ ...

After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future

| Sep 1, 2014

After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future

by Mami Maruko

With recent revelations of misconduct involving its research on so-called STAP cells, stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata and her employer, Riken Institute, have come under intense scrutiny and criticism. Last week, the nation’s largest science research institute announced an “action plan” to avoid similar ...

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

by Mami Maruko

The Riken research institute said Wednesday that ongoing efforts to reproduce so-called STAP cells — whose existence was first claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata in the British journal Nature — have failed. The announcement comes on the heels of a series of scandals that ...

Suicide of STAP paper co-author jolts researchers at Riken

Aug 11, 2014

Suicide of STAP paper co-author jolts researchers at Riken

Researchers at the Riken institute’s Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) are reeling from the recent suicide of Yoshiki Sasai Sasai was deputy director at the center and played a central role in writing the controversial STAP cell papers that were subsequently retracted from a ...