CSIR sends a strong message to Indian scientists

In a rare and highly commendable move that has sent out a strong message to the Indian scientific community, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has dismissed a senior scientist working at the Chandigarh-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) over serious charges of data fabrication in at least seven papers published in peer-reviewed journals. … Continue reading CSIR sends a strong message to Indian scientists

Editorial: A blot on Indian science

That getting papers published in scientific journals, reputable ones included, using manufactured data is virtually child’s play has been made painfully evident by a team of scientists at the Chandigarh-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), which functions under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Three papers that the team published last year in the … Continue reading Editorial: A blot on Indian science

STAP cells: Haruko Obokata agrees to retract controversial papers

The sordid tale of Haruko Obokata, a 30-year-old Japanese stem cell researcher at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, is fast coming to an end. Dr. Obokata shot to international prominence and became an overnight celebrity in Japan after the publication of her two “landmark” papers in Nature on January 30 this year. … Continue reading STAP cells: Haruko Obokata agrees to retract controversial papers

Editorial: The wages of scientific fraud

With the Supreme Court of South Korea upholding its 2010 ruling, Hwang Woo Suk, the notorious stem cell researcher from the Seoul National University in South Korea, will serve a suspended jail term of one-and-a-half years for embezzlement and violation of the country’s bioethics law that came into effect in January 2005. This brings to … Continue reading Editorial: The wages of scientific fraud

The “landmark” stem cell paper may be retracted

  The landmark studies on “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency” (STAP) published in Nature on January 30 this year, which first came under intense scrutiny and severe criticism very soon after their publication, have progressed to their next logical step. Prof. Teruhiko Wakayama from the University of Yamanashi and one of the authors of the studies … Continue reading The “landmark” stem cell paper may be retracted

Duplication of images in stem cell papers spotted

After Hwang Woo Suk of Seoul National University plunged into ignominy for duplicating images and for other unethical practices in the June 2005 paper on stem cell study in the Science journal, image duplication has been quite regularly spotted in many other studies, particularly in stem cell research. After a few years of hiatus, instances … Continue reading Duplication of images in stem cell papers spotted

Now, reversing adult cells to stem cells becomes easy

If in 2006 Shinya Yamanaka showed to the world that reversing adult cells (differentiated cells) to behave like stem cells — induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) — is indeed possible by introducing four transcription factors, two studies published today (January 30) in Nature have gone a step further. Haruko Obokata from the Harvard Medical … Continue reading Now, reversing adult cells to stem cells becomes easy