A potential Nobel-winning stem-cell study is now under investigation for irregularities. Haruko Obokata rocked the science world last month by showing how stem-cells could be reprogrammed by an acid bath. Japan's RIKEN institute has now launched an inquiry following allegations of duplicate images and numerous failed attempts to replicate the results.

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DISCUSSION

Is this a potential Nobel-winning study?

The Nobel for iPS cells has already been given, and this study seems to be building off of that with a new method of creating these cells. While this does give us some new insight on how pluripotency is regulated (if it's true), it isn't as ground-breaking as the initial discovery that differentiated cells can become pluripotent.