“A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Dr Haruko Obokata published supposedly groundbreaking research showing stem cells could be made quickly and cheaply.

There were irregularities in data, no other group in the world could repeat her findings and her own university concluded it could not be done.

In a statement Dr Obokata said: “I even can’t find the words for an apology.”

Haruko Obokata is the main “producer” in this RLE. The journal Nature which published her findings (and later retracted them) is both a producer and a user. Nature clearly is responsible for checking a research paper before publication. Readers of scientific academic journal articles also need to be a bit skeptical when reading groundbreaking research; some of the responsibility lies with them.


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