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A University of Tokyo investigative panel said Friday that results from 12 experiments on human enzymes conducted by one of its academic teams have not been reproduced so far, suggesting a biochemistry engineering professor may have fabricated results published in scientific papers on the research.

Professor Kazunari Taira, 53, of the department of chemistry and biotechnology at the engineering graduate school at the university commonly known as Todai, rejected this conclusion, telling reporters it was the product of a misunderstanding.

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