In a fresh twist in the STAP cell research controversy, Dr. Haruko Obokata was pronounced guilty by the research institute Riken on April 1, 2014. Shunsuke Ishii, chairman of the investigative committee examining the matter proclaimed that Dr. Obokata was solely responsible of the misconduct. While this decision will be reviewed during further investigations, the president of Riken, Ryoji Noyori, voiced that the papers would be retracted if this decision is upheld. In the meantime, Dr. Obokata said she that she would proceed to stand by her research and contemplates filing a complaint with Riken to challenge the panel’s findings.
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