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(Reuters)   Japan finds the recent stem cell breakthroughs to be fraudulent, setting up the first "Japanese 'research' halted" trifecta   (reuters.com) divider line 10
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2014-04-01 10:57:25 AM  
The authors re-used images from other research in their paper. I don't know if that would normally lead to something as stern as:
We've therefore concluded this was an act of research misconduct involving fabrication.

But then you have this little kicker at the end . . .

RIKEN said outside researchers had been unable to replicate the research.

I'm guessing that this was the actual reason for the investigation. The fact that the researchers re-used images gives the investigation momentum; the researchers are going to have to under go a months-long gang-audit if they want to keep their paper from being retracted by the journal.
 
2014-04-01 11:04:43 AM  
There is a way using minke whales to validate this research
 
2014-04-01 11:38:29 AM  
The Japanese scientists are just trying to throw everyone else off the trail because they've already got the stem cell thing figured out and don't want anyone else to know.

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2014-04-01 11:53:40 AM  
I could sense something wasn't right about the whole thing as soon as the original report came out.

There was way more reporting on how cute Obokata is than there on the research itself.
 
2014-04-01 01:54:50 PM  

FetusAGoGo: I could sense something wasn't right about the whole thing as soon as the original report came out.

There was way more reporting on how cute Obokata is than there on the research itself.


You're saying she's too cute to be a real scientist?

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2014-04-01 02:06:46 PM  
draypresct

If I recall correctly, there was a combination of "too good to be true" and "nobody else can reproduce this" that made people look closer at the images.

Previous biology research fraud has included falsified images and there is software to check for some forms of falsification. It can tell by the pixels.
 
2014-04-01 02:52:09 PM  
*sigh. As someone with MS who is waiting for these little cells. I would really appreciate if Japan just stopped lying. THANKS K>
 
2014-04-01 04:20:51 PM  
This is a real pity. I was hoping we'd reached cloned organs for transplant. For shame, Japanese researchers. You bring much dishonor to you and your family.
 
2014-04-01 04:25:57 PM  
Has anyone tried dumpster diving behind planned parenthood?
 
2014-04-01 06:13:50 PM  

SansNeural: FetusAGoGo: I could sense something wasn't right about the whole thing as soon as the original report came out.

There was way more reporting on how cute Obokata is than there on the research itself.

You're saying she's too cute to be a real scientist?

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No. I'm saying more of the news coverage went on about her being a cute young woman scientist than on her research. The media was building her up hard based on what she looked rather than what she did. I took that as a bad sign.
 
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