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The Riken research institute has released a rare statement asking that its researchers be given “a quiet environment” to continue their research, in response to the suicide of its stem cell researcher Yoshiki Sasai earlier this week.

In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the state-backed institute said that many of its researchers are experiencing huge mental stress, as the death of Sasai, deputy director of the institute’s Center for Developmental Biology and a world-renowned stem cell researcher, continues to reverberate.

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