Commentary / Japan 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.

Editorials Apr 14, 2014

More disclosure needed at Riken

The besieged doctor of "STAP," Haruko Obokata, has come out swinging in defense of her papers on pluripotent cells, which appeared in the journal Nature, but her attempt to justify her research seems naive, leaving many questions unanswered.

Language Apr 12, 2014


Stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency first came to the public's attention on Jan. 28, after the British journal Nature published research showing that Haruko Obokata and her team in Kobe had successfully reprogrammed the adult cells of mice into STAP cells by subjecting them to ...

National / Science & Health Mar 21, 2014

Protocol of STAP cell generation posted online

A refined protocol for generating so-called STAP cells was posted Thursday on a researcher website for Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is where a co-author of controversial papers on potentially groundbreaking stem cell research works. "We have found this to be an effective protocol for ...