Stem cell scientist calls for retraction of study
Published on Mar 11, 2014 2:28 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - A co-author of a Japanese study that promised a revolutionary way to create stem cells has called for the headline-grabbing research to be retracted over claims its data was faulty.
The findings, published by Japanese researcher Haruko Obokata and US-based scientists in the January edition of British journal Nature, outlined a simple and low-tech approach in the quest to grow transplant tissue in the lab.
But it has faced hard questions as the Japanese research institute that sponsored the study launched a probe last month over the credibility of data used to reach the explosive findings.
At issue are allegations that researchers used erroneous image data for the high-profile Nature article.
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