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Disgraced Japan stem cell scientist dead in apparent suicide

Published on Aug 5, 2014 12:49 PM
This file photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows Yoshiki Sasai, supervisor of 30-year-old scientist Haruko Obokata of Riken Institute, answering questions during a press conference in Tokyo. The top Japanese stem cell scientist, who co-wrote groundbreaking research that was later retracted in an embarrassing scandal, has committed suicide, police and media reports said on August 5, 2014. PHOTO;. AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - A renowned Japanese stem cell scientist who co-wrote research that was later retracted in an embarrassing scandal has been found dead of an apparent suicide, police said on Tuesday.

The body of Yoshiki Sasai, 52, was discovered hanging inside the stairwell of a building that houses the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, one of the country's most prestigious scientific research institutions.

The office is in the western city of Kobe.

"Yoshiki Sasai was discovered hanging on Tuesday morning inside one of Riken's research buildings and, after being sent to hospital, he was confirmed dead at 11:03 am," a spokesman for the Hyogo Prefectural police told AFP.

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