Ongoing Obokata story seeks out scandal

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN 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 ...

National / Science & Health 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 Obokata ...

Riken exec urges strict surveillance of Obokata, verification tests

National 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 absolutely ...

Editorials 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.