Retraction Watch

4th Obokata retraction after Harvard investigation: STAP saga finally over?

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Retraction Watch broke the news that Haruko Obokata of the STAP cell train wreck now has a 4th paper retraction. The publication related to the controversial idea that adult tissues have pluripotent potential or actual pluripotent stem cells in them so it was kind of foundational for the debunked STAP cell idea. It also reminds …

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Weekend reads include stem cell pubs, cancer link to heart disease, CRISPR babies & of course emu oil

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Here in the U.S. we just had our big Thanksgiving holiday, but science goes, stem cells keep growing and needing attention, and it’s another weekend chance to catch up on our paper reading. Here’s this weekend edition of recommended reads including news items and pubs. From Cell Stem Cell: Single-Cell Transcriptome Analysis of Uniparental Embryos Reveals …

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Science TGIF: useful, fun sciency videos & stuff

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  It’s Friday so time for another one of my TGIF science reads, links, and in this case, videos. The Myth of Beer Goggles? from Neuroskeptic. No drinking (even TGIF drinking) doesn’t necessarily make people seem more attractive…research from the field (bars). Interesting insights from search committee chair on who gets the faculty jobs. Some surprises? Faculty …

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Weekend Reads: Cool Papers, PubPeer, Jacob Hanna, & More

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Here are some papers and news for weekend reads. What are you reading this weekend? What are your go-to stem cell journals? Hostile Takeover: Glioma Stem Cells Recruit TAMs to Support Tumor Progression by Yu Shi, Yi-fang Ping, Xia Zhang, Xiu-wu Bian in Cell Stem Cell. YAP1 Regulates OCT4 Activity and SOX2 Expression to Facilitate self-renewal and …

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Could Nature’s 2-year torrent of paper retractions be a good thing?

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The last two years at Nature Magazine have seen a surprising wave of paper retractions. In 2013 and now just so far in 2014, Nature has retracted a total of 14 papers. How unusual is that? Historically, Nature retracts relatively few papers, perhaps just under two per year on average. What the heck has been going on in 2013-2014? Let’s break it …

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Human cloning Cell paper under investigation: some perspectives

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Is it really deja vu all over again with allegations of potential wrongdoing in a paper on human cloning? “Say it isn’t so!”, is basically the universal reaction I’m getting from people in the stem cell field. Well, sadly it seems to be so folks. What’s going on? Allegations have emerged on a website called …

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