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Japanese stem cell scientist stands by her 'phoney' research

Published on Apr 9, 2014 5:57 PM
 
Haruko Obokata (left), 30, a female researcher of Japan's Riken Institute bows as she apologises at a press conference in Osaka, western Japan on April 9, 2014, following claims that her ground-breaking stem cell study was fabricated. A young female scientist accused of fabricating data made a tearful apology live on Japanese television on Wednesday for "mistakes" in her research, but insisted her ground-breaking conclusions on stem cells were accurate. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A young female scientist accused of fabricating data made a tearful apology live on Japanese television on Wednesday for "mistakes" in her research, but insisted her ground-breaking conclusions on stem cells were accurate.

Ms Haruko Obokata, 30, blamed her youth and inexperience for errors in her methodology, but said she had managed to create the building-block cells capable of growing into the specialised cells of the brain, liver, heart or kidneys.

"I apologise with my whole heart to my co-authors... and many others for causing trouble because of my insufficient efforts, ill-preparedness and unskilfulness," a visibly shaken Ms Obokata told a press conference.

"To many people there may be too many unbelievable mistakes, but that does not affect the conclusion," she said.

 
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