At last, Dr. Obokata spoke before the media for two and a half hours. She said she has succeeded with the STAP cell experiment more than 200 times and had no malicious intent in producing data. She has confirmed that one other person succeeded in reproducing STAP cell but she didn’t name the person.
Why that person does not come forward and tell Riken and the world about the successful result? Why Dr. Sasai is the only person who’s been defending Dr. Obokata? What’s happening to the rest of her colleagues and co-authors of the STAP papers? That’s a mystery. I hope to find out later.
This afternoon, I talked with a female medical doctor about this issue. She told me that Science communities in Japan are men’s world, and Riken is notorious in producing high suicide rates. Wow. I didn’t know that. But generally it’s tough for women to head a team of men. I say this out of my experience.
This evening, Asahi Shimbun reported that Riken agreed to set up a committee to guide their researchers so that future misconducts would be avoided. The government has been on Riken’s back on this issue. Good for them.