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The president of the government-backed Riken institute admitted Friday there were “grave errors” in two papers produced by its researchers on a possible method to create pluripotent stem cells but wouldn’t say whether the alleged irregularities were intentional.

Separately Friday, Haruko Obokata, lead author of the two papers on potentially groundbreaking stem cell research, and two of her co-authors, released a statement in which they said they are looking into the possibility of withdrawing the papers.

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