Apr 14, 2014

Institute 'spent thousands on costly furniture'

A publicly funded research institute that has accused one of its own scientists of faking data spent tens of thousands of dollars on expensive furniture, reportedly to use up its budget. The respected Riken Institute, headed by Nobel chemistry laureate Ryoji Noyori, spent almost ...

Apr 14, 2014

Internet raises misconduct risk

by Takamitsu Sawa

The road to glory for a scientific pioneer leads to temptations to plagiarize background info and must pass through a panel of "referees" who may be inclined to judge a research paper by the name of the author rather than its contents.

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

Apr 5, 2014

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

by Elaine Kurtenbach

National The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan’s efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. The government-funded Riken ...

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 ...