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Jul 1, 2014

Obokata to join cell verification experiment at Riken

The government-backed Riken research institute said it will allow discredited researcher Haruko Obokata to participate in an experiment to verify whether her so-called STAP cells exist as she claims. Starting Tuesday, Obokata was to join a verification experiment that began in April at her ...

Jun 30, 2014

Nature to pull Riken stem cell papers

The British science journal Nature will soon retract two Japanese papers on stem cells in light of a series of misconduct allegations surrounding the research, sources said Monday. When Nature published the papers in January, the findings were considered groundbreaking, with lead author Haruko ...

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

Jun 24, 2014

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) on Tuesday unveiled three humanoid robots that are to be put on display so visitors can interact with them. Two of the machines were modeled on actual human forms, using special silicone and artificial muscles ...

Jun 14, 2014

Adviser to Riken unit to quit over 'STAP' controversy

A special adviser to the biological research center at the state-backed Riken institute said Saturday that he will resign, two days after an outside panel recommended disbanding the entity after two high-profile studies led by staff member Haruko Obokata had to be withdrawn from ...