Things still don't add up for me in the #obokata #stap
I have no idea what is really going on, but it seems odd that she would knowlingly produce falsified results, submit it to #nature
of all places, be dragged through the media as SCIENCE GIRL, then be dragged through the media as BAD SCIENCE GIRL etc., get a verdict of scientific misconduct from her institute, then appeal the decision and STILL say her results are real?
The paper also has seven
co-authors - sure, senior researchers get their names on papers without doing anything all the time, but it seems unlikely they managed to get their names on a nature paper without knowing anything about the contents. Not to mention the rigorous peer review that was surely performed (cough).
This tweet (https://twitter.com/nippon_en/status/453755779196002304
) also claims she contacted Nature in February to inform them about problems with the images. That in itself would raise some questions about claims "Nature was unable to contact her".
See also: http://jtim.es/vACyx