Scandals

Where will STAP cell mess go from here & key unanswered questions

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In some ways it’s hard to imagine that it was only just over 6 months ago that Nature published the two STAP cell papers by a collaborative team of Japanese and American researchers. It feels like years have gone by since then because so much has happened related to the STAP mess including the retraction of the …

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Interview with Charles Vacanti on STAP Cells: Link to Spore Stem Cells & More

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The recent publication of two Nature papers by a team in part led by Dr. Charles Vacanti on acid treatment produced stem cells (so-called STAP stem cells) has been a blockbuster story in the stem cell field and has grabbed major global media attention as well. For background my review of the paper here and more thoughts here. Many …

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Responding to critics of blogging the Moriguchi iPS cell story

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I’m getting some heat from some stem cell folks who think I should not have blogged about the Moriguchi iPS cell transplant case. Their argument seems to be it would have been preferable to either (A) not blog about the story at all or only minimally so fewer people would know about it or (B) …

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Harvard Spokesman reiterates: Moriguchi did not have Harvard IRB approval

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Hisashi Moriguchi had a poster up at the NY Stem Cell Meeting yesterday and has done interviews with Japanese media saying that he has led a team that transplanted iPS cells into human patients. Reportedly his poster said and the newspaper articles have stated that the iPS cell transplant work had IRB approval from Harvard …

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Vatican flunks Pepsi Challenge on Stem Cells?

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It’s a confusing time at the Vatican, which arguably has an international stem cell scandal of its own making on its hands. What the heck is going on? In an embarrassing move, they organized a stem cell conference for this year and then abruptly cancelled it, with the reason being that they had originally invited …

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