The first ever legal case against Sweden-based Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, which is responsible for selecting the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, has been filed by stem-cell pioneer Dr. Rongxiang Xu.
According to MEBO International Group, the company founded by Dr. Xu, the suit was filed this week in Superior Court of the State of California, Orange County Central Justice Center, for defamation and unfair competition.
On October 8, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2012 was awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their discovery that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body.
In awarding the prize, the Nobel Assembly stated that "Gurdon and Yamanaka's discovery has introduced fundamentally new research areas, offering exciting new opportunities to study disease mechanisms and that their findings have revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop."
But Dr. Xu claims he was the scientist who made the discovery a decade earlier and alleges that the statements made by The Nobel Assembly have defamed his reputation and tainted his achievements in the eyes of the scientific community, business and potential investors.
Dr. Xu discovered the existence of "regenerative cell" in 1984 during his study of burn treatments that has benefited 20 million burn victims in 73 countries.
"My main priority for filing this suit was to clarify the Academy's mistaken and misleading statements for the preservation of humanity and future generations, life science research should not desecrate the nature of human life," stated Dr. Xu.
by RTT Staff Writer
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