Japanese stem cell scientist faked credentials

This post appeared originally on BioEdge

After frequent exposures by the media of shonky stem cell therapies, faked data by researchers and fraud by Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk, if there is any field in science which needs to keep its nose clean, it is stem cell research.

Unfortunately, a Japanese scientist has just been sacked by the University of Tokyo for claiming to have successfully transplanted cardiac muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into human hearts. This landmark claim was splashed on the front page of Japan’s biggest daily newspaper – and it was completely false.

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