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Japan stem cell scientist readies to fight fabrication claim

Published on Apr 8, 2014 1:40 PM
 
Haruko Obokata, a scientist at the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan, is readying to fight claims her ground-breaking stem cell study was fabricated. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - A young female researcher is readying to fight claims her ground-breaking stem cell study was fabricated, her lawyer said on Tuesday, as Japan's male-dominated scientific establishment circled its wagons.

Haruko Obokata, 30, was admitted to hospital on Monday because her "mental and physical condition is unstable," her lawyer Hideo Miki told reporters.

But an official at his office said she is still planning to hold a news conference on Wednesday.

The official added that Miki will file a formal complaint later Tuesday with the respected Riken Institute, which sponsored the study, and has since discredited the research behind it.

 
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