July 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

STAP細胞

2 min read

When I asked the readers of this blog what they felt was the biggest stem cell story of 2014 in a poll, they overwhelmingly picked the STAP cell scandal. For background on STAP you can toggle through the many STAP cell pieces on this blog here, see a STAP timeline, and a STAP image gallery. Basically, STAP was a bogus scientific claim about a supposedly simple reprogramming method to make powerful stem cells induced by cellular stress. Despite many flaws in this STAP research and the …Read More

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What’s the deal with Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Harvard Medical School when it comes to the retracted STAP cell papers? I was just writing yesterday in part about how we haven’t really heard anything (news, statements, etc.) from those places about the whole STAP cell mess. In contrast, in Japan and at RIKEN there has been a non-stop flood of news and developments involving STAP. Now today I’ve heard from a source that senior STAP cell paper author, Dr. Charles Vacanti, will be stepping down …Read More

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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 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 papers and the tragic death of one of the STAP authors, Dr. Yoshiki Sasai, last week. Where does the STAP story go from here? Is it over? In a way, …Read More