Sunday, October 14, 2012

Self-proclaimed iPS pioneer admits lies but maintains pathbreaking procedure

David Cyranoski in the Nature newsblog:

The story keeps getting odder for Hisashi Moriguchi, the visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo who last week claimed a clinical breakthrough in using iPS cells. Moriguchi said he injected cells derived from iPS cells into six heart failure patients, with positive therapeutic effect. But the story was so full of holes and his scientific publication were so problematic that it was hard to believe he had done any of it. In a press conference in New York on Saturday, Moriguchi admitted that for five of the six patients he was discussing “planned” procedures rather than ones that had actually taken place. “I guess I got a little bit high. That was wrong,” he explained. “I admit that I lied.”

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