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 ...

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.

Jun 14, 2014

Adviser to Riken unit to quit over 'STAP' controversy

A special adviser to the biological research center at the state-backed Riken institute said Saturday that he will resign, two days after an outside panel recommended disbanding the entity after two high-profile studies led by staff member Haruko Obokata had to be withdrawn from ...