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Haruko Obokata STAP

‘Injured’ by NHK reporters

23 Jul, 2014

Obokata is injured in an incident involving NHK employees, as four or five reporters and a camera crew from the state-owned broadcaster question her in the lobby of a hotel where she has fled after being pursued by a motorcycle on her way home from the Riken institute. She refuses to answer the questions and staff help her to escape the reporters, but she is apparently injured in the resulting scuffle and is later diagnosed with a sprained neck and right elbow that will take two weeks to heal. On the implications for her work to verify stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) stem cell research:

The injury to my right hand will hinder the experiments. It’s very frustrating.