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RIKEN Report Is Virtual Acid Bath of Criticism for Obokata

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RIKEN Institute in Japan has formally announced the complete findings of its investigation into the STAP cell research,  Haruko Obokata, and Nature papers. RIKEN almost entirely blamed Obokata for the STAP mess in this report and they didn’t mince words. The RIKEN report alleged that Obokata had engaged in two instances of “research misconduct” as …

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STAP Cell Nature Papers: Cases For & Against Retraction

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What next for STAP? Is retraction of the two papers on the near horizon? It has been two months now since Nature published the two papers on STAP cells and STAP stem cells. There has been a storm of controversy surrounding these papers and the claims they made to easily produce the most powerful of …

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Clues as to the real STAP cell scoop: a trio of biosci traps

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I don’t really hear from almost anyone who fully believes in the STAP cell thing anymore. The most common thing I do hear is from people assuming STAP is largely or entirely wrong and asking, “what really happened?” There’s still a chance that STAP is real, but if I were in Vegas or at the …

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Nature Rejects Paper Reporting that STAP Does Not Work

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Dr. Ken Lee’s lab has done some very important validation attempts on STAP cells and has posted them on ResearchGate. To my knowledge, his lab’s STAP experiments are the ones in the public domain that most closely matched the methods of the Nature STAP papers. Dr. Lee submitted the work to Nature Brief Communications Arising …

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Reactions to New On-Line Vacanti Lab STAP Cell Protocol

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The Vacanti Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School has now posted online their own version of the STAP cell production protocol. The thing that first struck me most strongly about this published protocol is that it is not the same protocol reported in the Nature papers and it also is not the same …

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Vacanti to Speak on STAP Cells at Harvard on April 1

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Dr. Charles Vacanti is scheduled as a special guest speaker on April 1 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He’ll be speaking on STAP cells. See image below of the announcement. The title of his talk is “Tissue Engineering and STAP Cells”. It is part of the Brigham and Women’s “Leaders in Regenerative Medicine Seminar Series”. Online …

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Harvard’s Role in STAP Cell Debacle

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What is Harvard’s role in the STAP cell mess? If you have been living in a cave somewhere for the last 6 weeks, to catch you up to speed, an international collaborative team published two papers in Nature reporting the creation of powerful stem cells–so-called STAP stem cells–via a simple method of stressing ordinary differentiated …

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