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Japanese scientist stripped of doctorate over stem cell scandal

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Haruko Obokata 32 drew intense media scrutiny after failing to reproduce the results of what was once billed as a ground breaking study on stem cells

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Top Japan lab dismisses controversial stem cell study

Dec 26, 2014 - 2:12 PM

The revelations come a week after a young researcher at the center of the scandal which has rocked the country s scientific establishment said she will resign after failing to reproduce the study s results

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japanese scientist resigns over stem cell scandal

Dec 19, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Her resignation comes as Japan s Riken Institute formally announces that so called STAP cells cannot be recreated apparently drawing a line under the controversial study

HARUKO OBOKATA. A picture dated 09 April 2014 shows Japanese scientist and researcher Haruko Obokata during a news conference held in Osaka, western Japan. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan lab cannot repeat ground-breaking cell finding – reports

Dec 18, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The government backed Riken Institute will announce that so called STAP cells cannot be reproduced writing the embarrassing final chapter of a study published in the journal Nature but later withdrawn

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan lab unable to replicate 'stem cell' findings

Aug 27, 2014 - 1:07 PM

UPDATED The struggle to replicate the experiment casts further doubt on the existence of stem cell like cells what the researchers called Stimulus Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency STAP cells

FABRICATED. In this file photo, Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Disgraced Japan stem cell scientist commits suicide

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Sasai is the mentor of the 30 year old Haruko Obokata whose research reportedly used fabricated data

SASAI. Yoshiki Sasai, deputy director of CDB (Riken Institute's Center for Developmental Biology) and one of the authors of the two nature STAP cell papers, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 16 April 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study

Apr 15, 2014 - 9:25 PM

The survey comes amid a high profile row in Japan that has pitted a young female researcher against the scientific establishment and after repeated calls for Tokyo to boost female participation in the workforce to help plug a skills gap in the economy

Japan stem cell scientist stands by 'phony' research

Apr 09, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Haruko Obokata blamed her youth and inexperience for errors in her methodology but insisted her conclusions on stem cells were accurate

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'Phony' stem cell research scientist to be punished in Japan

Apr 01, 2014 - 3:14 PM

The punishment is expected to be meted out to lead researcher Haruko Obokata and her more experienced colleagues

PUNISHMENT. Riken Institute investigation committee chief Shunsuke Ishi (L) explains an interim investigation report with photo datas at the institute during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan institute may retract 'game-changing' cell study: reports

Mar 14, 2014 - 1:05 PM

At issue are allegations that researchers used erroneous image data – crucial to supporting the study – which resembled those used in the 2011 dissertation

RETRACTION? This handout picture, released from Japan's Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) on January 23, 2013 shows part of the renal tubule cells (red part) which were differentiated from human stem cells at the CiRA in Kyoto. Kyoto University/AFP

Stem cell scientist calls for retraction of study

Mar 11, 2014 - 1:06 PM

The study faced hard questions as the Japanese research institute that sponsored the study probed into the credibility of the study data

STEM CELLS. This handout picture, released from Japan's Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) on January 23, 2013 shows part of the renal tubule cells (red part) which were differentiated from human stem cells at the CiRA in Kyoto. Kyoto University/AFP