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Japan Says Cell Lines Weren't Used at RIKEN

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Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1984
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1984a

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TOKYO-- The strange case of Takashi Okamoto, the Japanese neuroscientist accused of taking biological materials he developed at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio to his new job at Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) took another odd twist last week. RIKEN officials reported that investigators can find no evidence that the materials were ever used in experiments at its Brain Science Institute, although some of the materials may have been temporarily stored in Okamoto's RIKEN lab.