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Electrifying stem cell finding retracted

A bombshell stem cell discovery by Boston and Japanese scientists was withdrawn Wednesday from the journal that published the work — amid allegations of fraud and a tide of incredulity from outside scientists.

It is one of the highest-profile retractions of the last decade, and several stem-cell researchers said they are now convinced that the stunningly simple method for producing stem cells, reported in two papers in January, won’t work.

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