October 20, 2020

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Haruko Obokata (小保方 晴子) new book on STAP cells & more

Haruko Obokata (小保方 晴子)
RIKEN Photo before the STAP mess in more upbeat times.

Haruko Obokata reportedtly has written a book that is somewhat of a memoir of her life including the STAP cell scandal.

The exact nature of the book remains mostly a mystery at this point.

It should be out on the 2nd anniversary of the STAP cell papers being published.

Kyodo News gives some more details now:

“The 253-page book, titled “Anohi” (That Day), will hit the bookstore shelves Thursday. It will be the first time she has offered a lengthy explanation on the issue of “STAP cells,” which she claimed to have made, after quitting the state-backed Riken research institute in December 2014, according to the publisher.”

Obokata Book
Image from Kyodo News

If you want to learn more about Obokata and the STAP cell fiasco, there are many posts archived from this blog here.

Will there be any new revelations about STAP?

Will we learn anything about her training as a postdoc with Charles Vacanti?

What are her future plans?

You can see an image of the book cover from Kyodo News at left. It seems very minimal, which is of course quite different than the splashy STAP papers, press release, and news stories from the past.

If you read the book or have further insights on it please share them here.


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