After a series of scandals of scientific misconduct, the Riken research institute in Kobe, Japan, reported that they have been unable to reproduce so-called STAP cells that have been described in two Nature papers. On the 5th of August 2014, Yoshiki Sasai, a senior RIKEN scientist involved in STAP cell scandal commits suicide.
- Science – In Japan, official effort to replicate STAP stem cells comes up empty
- Nature – Stem-cell scientist found guilty of misconduct
- STAP stem cell controversy ends in suicide for Japanese scientist
- After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future
- Suicide of STAP paper co-author jolts researchers at Riken
- EuroStemCell – STAP ‘acid-bath stem cells’ round-up