The University of Tokyo has fired the researcher who claimed he treated heart failure patients with their own induced pluripotent stem cells, only to admit later that he lied.

The university fired the researcher, Hisashi Moriguchi, on Friday, less than a month after he presented his research at the New York Stem Cell Foundation meeting claiming he had developed a method of reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells and that the iPS cells could be differentiated with a "supercooling method" that he invented.

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