Reality Check

One thing I’ve learned on my year on placement is that, sometimes, not everything works. It could be perfect on paper and in theory but in reality, sometimes it just can’t be done. This isn’t a total shock when you think about it, but previous experiences in the undergraduate teaching labs lead you into almost […]

Irregularities in paper about news-breaking stem cell research cause it to be retracted

It unfortunately seems that the exciting so called “stem cell break-through” is subjected to controversy after Japanese researcher (including one of the paper’s co-authors) called for the paper to be retracted. The apparent “simplicity” of the method was contested, after several scientists experienced difficulties in trying to replicate the experimental protocol given in the paper, […]

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