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.
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.