Full STAP cell timeline of events, links including Obokata book

Jan 29Nature publishes STAP papers online
Jan 29Postpub review of papers on ipscell.com
Jan 30First STAP polling starts: respondents mostly positive
Feb 2Surprising interview w/Vacanti: STAP easy to make, same as spore cells
Feb 4First key Pubpeer comment on splicing in Figure 1i
Feb 6Top 5 reasons for doubts on STAP
Feb 7STAP crowdsourcing experiment starts
Feb 13First Pubpeer comment on STAP placenta issue
Feb 13JuuichiJigen first post on STAP problems
Feb 14RIKEN & Nature begin STAP investigations
Feb 27Wakayama interview
Mar 10Wakayama calls for STAP paper retraction
March 13JuuichiJigen post on Obokata Ph.D. thesis problems
March 14RIKEN alleges that Obokata committed misconduct
Mar 24Nature rejects Ken Lee’s STAP paper showing that STAP doesn’t work
Apr 1Vacanti Harvard STAP talk for this fateful day was cancelled
Apr 1RIKEN announces Obokata guilty of misconduct
Apr 9Obokata admits mistakes, but not misconduct
April 25Head of RIKEN STAP investigation committee, Shunsuke Ishi, resigns amid allegations of his own paper problems
May 8F1000 Publishes Lee Lab Paper showing STAP fails
May 27Call for Nature retraction of STAP papers
May 28Obokata OKs letter, but not article retraction
Jun 3Obokata agrees to retract STAP article too
June 12Committee calls for restructuring of Riken CDB
Jun 16Genetics data suggest STAP cells involved mix or switch
July 2STAP Nature papers retracted
Aug 5Yoshiki Sasai, commits suicide
Sept 3Vacanti & Kojima reaffirm absolute confidence in STAP but issue new STAP protocol
Dec 19Obokata and Niwa fail in STAP final replication effort
Dec 20Obokata resigns from RIKEN
Sept 23, 2015Nature publishes refutations of STAP
Jan 28, 2016Obokata book claims she was framed for STAP

Obokata claims she was framed for STAP cell scandal

Obokata press conference

Obokata late presser

The Japan Times has the first detailed account in English about Haruko Obokata’s new book, “That Day”. HT to blog reader Shinsakan. (update: another helpful piece on this from the WSJ).

In the book, Obokata (who was widely blamed for the STAP cell fiasco) seeks to shift the blame to others according to the paper.

Obokata’s book just came out and you can see more details here.

According The Japan Times, in the book Obokata largely blames one of her mentors Teruhiko Wakayama for the STAP cell problems. She even goes so far as to say she was framed:

“Obokata claims in the book that she was “framed” as the individual who mixed in ES cells. She said she received the cells used in the experiments from Wakayama, and directs suspicions at him instead.”

To my knowledge there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.

I still haven’t heard if the book mentions one of Obokata’s other mentors, Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. To my knowledge neither Obokata nor Vacanti have been publicly critical of each other since STAP erupted.

Haruko Obokata (小保方 晴子) new book on STAP cells & more

Haruko Obokata (小保方 晴子)

RIKEN Photo before the STAP mess in more upbeat times.

Haruko Obokata reportedtly has written a book that is somewhat of a memoir of her life including the STAP cell scandal.

The exact nature of the book remains mostly a mystery at this point.

It should be out on the 2nd anniversary of the STAP cell papers being published.

Kyodo News gives some more details now:

“The 253-page book, titled “Anohi” (That Day), will hit the bookstore shelves Thursday. It will be the first time she has offered a lengthy explanation on the issue of “STAP cells,” which she claimed to have made, after quitting the state-backed Riken research institute in December 2014, according to the publisher.”

Obokata Book

Image from Kyodo News

If you want to learn more about Obokata and the STAP cell fiasco, there are many posts archived from this blog here.

Will there be any new revelations about STAP?

Will we learn anything about her training as a postdoc with Charles Vacanti?

What are her future plans?

You can see an image of the book cover from Kyodo News at left. It seems very minimal, which is of course quite different than the splashy STAP papers, press release, and news stories from the past.

If you read the book or have further insights on it please share them here.