September 19, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

RIKEN CDB

4 min read

What’s the deal with Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Harvard Medical School, where STAP cell senior author works, 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, Vacanti, …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

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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 …Read More

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Dr. Yoshiki Sasai (笹井芳樹) former Deputy Director of the RIKEN CDB and a senior author on the STAP papers, has reportedly died from suicide. Update: The Japan Times writes on this situation that Sasai was found hanging at RIKEN and there may have been a suicide note. Dr. Sasai was a top scholar in the stem cell field. He published dozens of high-impact publications and was widely respected. You can see some thoughts on the loss of Yoshiki Sasai from Scientific American here by Janet D. …Read More