Japanese Researcher made an astonishing discovery : STAP Cells (Updated)
Haruko Obokata is a researcher at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe. Haruko made a discovery which surprised the world. STAP cells (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells) are created by shocking them with a sublethal level of stress. This can be done by either immersing somatic cells in mild acidic solution or even by having them pass through a narrow tube. STAP cells are very flexible cells which can grow into any type of body tissue.
A strange twist to this story is how Haruko is now being viewed in the Japanese media. After Haruko’s discovery went public the Japanese people have fallen in love with the fact that Haruko is attractive and wears a Kappogi (A Japense white coverall apron which was created to cover a kimono) to work.
The photos of Haruko wearing a kappogi spread quickly in Japan and lots of people say “She is so cute!”. Some people even said, ” I want to buy a photo book of her!”
Unfortunately, the excessive media reports, which interfere with Haruko’s research, have been quiet stressful for her. The media now go to Haruko’s parents, friends and other people who are close to her, to have their interviews.
(Updated) Problems have recently been found in Obokata’s STAP cell article. One of the problems discovered is with the image taken of her experiment. It has been discovered that the images were used in a different paper. Also, some of the article Obokata published was copied from other exisiting articles. Riken has started a thorough investigation into the alleged problems. Now, nobody knows whether the STAP cell research really existed. Obokata retracted her thesis.
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