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Stem cell work under investigation

Australian researcher working under new CIRM president Alan Trounson submitted false progress reports

Stephen Pincock
Australia's Monash University is investigating evidence that researchers submitted false reports to a funding body over the progress of a publicly funded stem cell project, it emerged this week.One researcher in particular, whose name has not been made public, is the focus of the investigation. He worked on the project at the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories under renowned investigator Alan Trounson, who will next year take the helm at the $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The researcher, who has since left the university, was a senior member of a team working on the Adult Stem Cell Lung Regeneration Project. It aimed to see how adult mesenchymal stem cells might be used to regenerate lung tissue in preclinical models of cystic fibrosis. The project had received $1.2 million funding over 18 months from the Australian Stem Cell Centre (ASCC). But in November last year,...

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