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Riken officials announce Friday in Tokyo that research institute staff were unable to produce STAP cells.

Can't hurry science

Haste led to scandal in stem cell research

TOKYO -- All parties involved in publishing research papers on a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells were so fixated on producing results that they failed to be scientifically rigorous. Japan's Riken research institute said Friday that i...

  • Japanese institute fails to reproduce results of stem-cell research

    TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- Japan's Riken research institute said Friday that efforts to reproduce results of what was once billed as a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells have failed, likely bringing to a close a scandal that rocked the scientific...

  • 3 Japan-born Nobel laureates receive prize

    STOCKHOLM (Kyodo) -- Three Japan-born physicists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing efficient blue light-emitting diodes were awarded their prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday. The three are Shuji Nakamura, a profe...

  • The iPS revolution

    Stem cells take drug development in new directions

    TOKYO -- For the medical field, the development of stem cells that can be made from adult cells was nothing short of revolutionary. These induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, promise to help bring regenerative therapies into the mainstream. ...

  • This year's Nobels

    Blue LEDs' leading lights take stage together

    STOCKHOLM -- The trio whose pioneering work on blue LEDs earned them this year's Nobel Prize in physics described the passion and pressure they felt in their pursuit of the elusive technology to an audience here Monday. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Ama...

  • Endangered Earth

    Can we prevent a sixth mass extinction?

    TOKYO -- In the most recent update to its "red list," which evaluates threatened wildlife, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the Pacific bluefin tuna as a species threatened with extinction. In June, the Japanese eel w...

  • Battling Ebola

    Toyama Chemical's Avigan showing promise against disease

    TOKYO -- More than 5,000 people around the world have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola, with many more expected to succumb to the disease. The antiviral drug Avigan, which was developed by midsize Japanese pharmaceutical company Toyama Chemic...

  • Treating muscular dystrophy

    Kyoto researchers show gene fix may work

    OSAKA -- Kyoto University scientists have found that correcting a genetic defect that causes muscular dystrophy can alleviate the symptoms of the severest form of this debilitating disease. Akitsu Hotta and his colleagues used induced pluripotent...

  • Obama meets with 4 U.S. Nobel Prize laureates

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama met with four U.S. winners of this year's Nobel prizes on Monday, and pledged to boost government aid in the field of scientific research. The event at the White House was not open to the pre...

  • Japan's resources

    Seabed offers brighter hope in rare-earth hunt

    TOKYO -- Mud rich in rare-earth metals in the seabed near an isolated Japanese coral atoll is widely distributed and not as deep as initially thought, researchers have discovered, increasing the possibility of commercial mining. Rare earths inclu...

  • Japan's next asteroid probe

    Hayabusa2 preps for 5.2-billion-km journey

    TOKYO -- It has been four years since Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft brought back sand particles from the asteroid Itokawa. Now, its successor probe, Hayabusa2, is scheduled to be launched on Nov. 30. The new spacecraft's mission is to collect samples o...

  • Pacific bluefin tuna, American eel listed as endangered species

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature on Monday added Pacific bluefin tuna and American eel to its new "Red List" of species at risk of extinction. The Switzerland-based organization, known as the IUCN, said tho...

  • Japanese ministry to share Earth observation data with NASA

    TOKYO -- Japan's environment ministry and American space agency NASA will tackle global environmental issues together by sharing data from their Earth observation satellites. The collaboration, announced by the ministry Friday, is aimed at better...

  • Scientists slowly unmasking Ebola

    TOKYO -- Researchers are starting to get a better read on the Ebola virus, the deadly hemorrhagic fever that continues to plague West Africa. The good news: The prevailing view is that the infectiousness of the virus, or the ease with which it sp...

  • Terumo looking to provide regenerative heart treatment

    TOKYO -- Medical equipment maker Terumo is moving to commercialize a regenerative therapy for heart failure, providing a much less invasive alternative to transplants and other existing treatments. Terumo filed with the Health Ministry on Thursda...

  • Researchers raced ahead without fear

    TOKYO -- "It was a shining blue, and I was so excited that my hands trembled," Isamu Akasaki, professor at Meijo University, said of an experiment he conducted roughly 25 years ago in which a blue light-emitting diode glowed for the first time. ...

  • Japan dotted with volcanoes that could erupt at any time

    TOKYO -- The recent eruption of Mount Ontake, Japan's worst postwar volcanic disaster, provided graphic evidence of the threat posed by active volcanoes. Japan has 110 active volcanoes, some 7% of the world total. Active volcanoes are those that ...

  • New skin cancer treatment method devised using iPS cells

    TOKYO -- Research in Japan has created a method of using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to treat malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer. The method was devised by Tamihiro Kawakami, associate professor at St. Marianna University School o...

  • Ontake eruption shows holes in Japan's early-warning system

    TOKYO -- The recent eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan highlights the difficulties of predicting major volcanic events, as the country's volcanoes enter a more active phase following a devastating earthquake in March 2011. The Sept. 27 eru...

  • Race to develop blue LEDs lit fire under research

    TOKYO -- Two Japanese companies competed fiercely to develop blue LEDs, fighting over patents at one point, but it was their desire to outdo that pushed them to improve their techniques and ultimately spawned a new industry. The three scientists ...