61824557 story How Did Those STAP Stem Cell Papers Get Accepted In the First Place? 109 Posted by samzenpus on Thursday July 03, 2014 @07:12PM from the don't-press-send dept. bmahersciwriter writes The news team at the scientific journal Nature turns its investigative power on the journal itself. The goal: to try and understand how two papers that made extraordinary claims about a new way to create stem cells managed to get published despite some obvious errors and a paucity of solid evidence. The saga behind these so-called STAP cells is engaging, but sadly reminiscent of so many other scientific controversies.