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 ...

Aug 8, 2014

STAP scandal turns fatal

Not only has the reported STAP cell discovery come to naught, it has also resulted in a leader in the research of regenerative medicine deciding to end his life.

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 3, 2014

U.S., Japan scientists withdraw claim of simpler stem cells

U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they’d found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to “extensive” errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the researchers said that they’d been ...