Press release: Alun Cairns: “Wales’ cultural reputation has an enormous impact on our global standing”

first_imgENDS I am delighted to welcome those from all walks of Wales’ creative life to celebrate our famous culture in Gwydyr House. I’m proud to see every element of Welsh culture represented, from sport to tourism and the arts industry, both on stage and on screen. Each one of them plays a crucial role in putting Welsh talent on a pedestal for the world to see. Wales Week in London provides the opportunity to showcase Wales on an international stage, and it’s my role to ensure Welsh interests are represented across the UK and internationally. But I’m no expert in culture, and I encourage those present to think about how we can take the best of Wales to the rest of the world. My door is always open to hearing their ideas. Leading figures from Welsh cultural organisations will gather at the Wales Office in Westminster today (28 February) in celebration of the strength and diversity of Welsh culture.Guests from the worlds of broadcasting, arts and sports will join Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and UK Government Ministers Stuart Andrew and Lord Bourne at an event in Gwydyr House.The Welsh Secretary is expected to call on those present to come up with inventive ways to showcase Wales’ talent across the world, in order to maintain the nation’s strong reputation in the fields of business, tourism and culture.Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns said:last_img read more

RIKEN Investigator Now Under Investigation

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RIKEN set up the committee to investigate a research article and a letter authored by Obokata, of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, and colleagues at institutions in Japan and at Harvard Medical School in Boston that reported finding a new, simple way of creating stem cells, called STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency). The committee concluded that among a number of problems that affect the credibility of the research were two instances of research misconduct. So far, no other groups have been able to reproduce the STAP results. A separate RIKEN team is now trying to replicate every step of the experiments.Obokata acknowledged making mistakes but claims they were not intended to mislead and that they do not affect the STAP discovery. She is appealing the committee’s misconduct finding.RIKEN today issued a statement announcing that Ishii resigned from the committee investigating Obokata and will be replaced as chair by one of the current members, Jun Watanabe, a lawyer. The statement also reports that in response to allegations received by RIKEN related to Ishii’s research, “an investigation has been launched by the Auditing and Compliance Office in accordance with RIKEN’s Regulations on the Prevention of Research Misconduct.”In a report from Japan’s Kyodo news agency, Obokata’s lawyer is quoted as urging Ishii to remain on the committee and “reinvestigate her case based on his own views.” It also quotes Teruo Kishi, a materials scientist and former president of the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba who heads a panel advising RIKEN on misconduct reform, as saying that finding problems with Ishii’s papers “would be a big problem for the authority of the investigative committee.” Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email In a bizarre twist to an already very convoluted story, the chair of an investigating committee that found RIKEN stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata guilty of research misconduct is himself now under investigation for alleged research misconduct. He has submitted a correction for problematic images appearing in one of his 2007 papers to the journal involved. He also resigned from the investigating committee.”Some errors occurred” in arranging images appearing in a paper published online on 13 August 2007 in Oncogene, Shunsuke Ishii, a molecular geneticist at the RIKEN Tsukuba Institute, writes in a correction posted on his lab’s website. The images, appearing in “ATF-2 controls transcription of Maspin and GADD45α genes independently from p53 to suppress mammary tumors,” by T. Maekawa et al., show electrophoresis gel photos that result from RT-PCR analyses. RT-PCR is a method of determining gene expression. Ishii explained that he examined the images after other researchers raised questions about them in e-mails he received and online. “I deeply apologize to everyone for the suspicions that have arisen and for the various troubles these have caused,” Ishii writes in Japanese in his statement. Ishii posted additional data for a second paper that is also under fire but explained that he doesn’t think there are any problems. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country read more