Japanese scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide

August 5, 2014 12:56 PM

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Japanese scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide

TOKYO – A Japanese researcher at the center of discredited research that was initially hailed as a potential breakthrough for stem-cell treatment, killed himself after months of stress and exhaustion, officials said on Tuesday.

Yoshiki Sasai, co-author of the high-profile research that had seemed to offer hope for replacing damaged cells or even growing new human organs, was found early on Tuesday at the Riken institute where he worked in Kobe, western Japan, police and the institute said.

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