The final word on STAP

23 septiembre 2015

Tremendous controversy erupted in early 2014 when two papers published in Nature described how a technique called ‘stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency,’ or STAP, could quickly and efficiently turn ordinary cells into pluripotent stem cells, that is, stem cells capable of developing into all the tissues in the body. The simplicity of the approach — subjecting the cells to particular stresses like mild acid exposure — seemed too good to be true. And it was.