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Daemon
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Questions Raised About Stem Cell Study Findings

A Japanese scientist who published groundbreaking research on stem cells earlier this year is now calling for the study to be withdrawn. Scientists have as yet been unable to replicate the study's finding that bathing mature cells in a weak acid solution could quickly and cheaply convert them into stem cells, and questions have been raised about the accuracy and legitimacy of the data and images included in the study. The RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan is now conducting an inquiry into the paper. More...
Haz
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Unfortunately mistakes will always be made although in a case like this it is very likely that the pressure to succeed produced unqualified results.
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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:32:59 AM

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A friend had stem cell treatment and a venoplasty in India to treat her MS. She was wheelchair bound and dependent on others, but is now gaining muscle mass, weight, and is able to use a standing frame.
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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:37:51 AM

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curmudgeonine - that sounds like good news!

I heard a report on this recently (BBC World Service podcast, I think) and it sounded very positive and interesting. Disappointing if they are now saying it was not good science.

If it was falsified in some way, that is really bad, because a paper like this influences other researchers, and damages the whole field.
Westley Payne
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Wakayama and her co-researcher Haruko Obokata put forward a scientific paper saying they found the method to reporduce embryonic-like state that would allow them to generate many types of tissue. No other lab world wide has been able to reporduce Wakayama's findings.
That is the beauty of science--it is reality based. If you can't reproduce the result the study goes into the trash bin.

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Interesting subject. Is it still as polarizing as it was maybe a decade or so ago?
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Either lying or their science teachers did a bad job with their lab reports
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