|Jan 29||Nature publishes STAP papers online|
|Jan 29||Postpub review of papers on ipscell.com|
|Jan 30||First STAP polling starts: respondents mostly positive|
|Feb 2||Surprising interview w/Vacanti: STAP easy to make, same as spore cells|
|Feb 4||First key Pubpeer comment on splicing in Figure 1i|
|Feb 6||Top 5 reasons for doubts on STAP|
|Feb 7||STAP crowdsourcing experiment starts|
|Feb 13||First Pubpeer comment on STAP placenta issue|
|Feb 13||JuuichiJigen first post on STAP problems|
|Feb 14||RIKEN & Nature begin STAP investigations|
|Feb 27||Wakayama interview|
|Mar 10||Wakayama calls for STAP paper retraction|
|March 13||JuuichiJigen post on Obokata Ph.D. thesis problems|
|March 14||RIKEN alleges that Obokata committed misconduct|
|Mar 24||Nature rejects Ken Lee’s STAP paper showing that STAP doesn’t work|
|Apr 1||Vacanti Harvard STAP talk for this fateful day was cancelled|
|Apr 1||RIKEN announces Obokata guilty of misconduct|
|Apr 9||Obokata admits mistakes, but not misconduct|
|April 25||Head of RIKEN STAP investigation committee, Shunsuke Ishi, resigns amid allegations of his own paper problems|
|May 8||F1000 Publishes Lee Lab Paper showing STAP fails|
|May 27||Call for Nature retraction of STAP papers|
|May 28||Obokata OKs letter, but not article retraction|
|Jun 3||Obokata agrees to retract STAP article too|
|June 12||Committee calls for restructuring of Riken CDB|
|Jun 16||Genetics data suggest STAP cells involved mix or switch|
|July 2||STAP Nature papers retracted|
|Aug 5||Yoshiki Sasai, commits suicide|
|Sept 3||Vacanti & Kojima reaffirm absolute confidence in STAP but issue new STAP protocol|
|Dec 19||Obokata and Niwa fail in STAP final replication effort|
|Dec 20||Obokata resigns from RIKEN|
|Sept 23, 2015||Nature publishes refutations of STAP|
|Jan 28, 2016||Obokata book claims she was framed for STAP|
In the book, Obokata (who was widely blamed for the STAP cell fiasco) seeks to shift the blame to others according to the paper.
Obokata’s book just came out and you can see more details here.
According The Japan Times, in the book Obokata largely blames one of her mentors Teruhiko Wakayama for the STAP cell problems. She even goes so far as to say she was framed:
“Obokata claims in the book that she was “framed” as the individual who mixed in ES cells. She said she received the cells used in the experiments from Wakayama, and directs suspicions at him instead.”
To my knowledge there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.
I still haven’t heard if the book mentions one of Obokata’s other mentors, Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. To my knowledge neither Obokata nor Vacanti have been publicly critical of each other since STAP erupted.
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.”
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.