Sweden won't prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

phys.org | 10/12/2017 | Staff
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Swedish prosecutors have abandoned an investigation against a disgraced Italian stem cell scientist suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with three patients who died after windpipe transplants.

Prosecutor Jennie Nordin said it can't be proven that Dr. Paolo Macchiarini would be guilty of either causing another's death or causing bodily harm, so he is no longer a suspect.

Crimes - Nordin - News - Conference - Thursday

"We have been unable to prove that any crimes have been committed," Nordin told a news conference Thursday.

"We are satisfied that the probe has been discontinued," Macchiarini's lawyer Bjorn Hurtig told Swedish broadcaster SVT.

Macchiarini - Comment - Charges

Macchiarini, who couldn't immediately be reached for comment, earlier disputed all of the charges against him.

Macchiarini was fired from Sweden's prestigious Karolinska Institute in March 2016 for breaching medical ethics after being accused of falsifying his resume and misrepresenting his work. His work was once considered revolutionary.

Doctor - Part - Team - World - Transplant

The Italian doctor was part of the team that conducted the world's first transplant using a windpipe partly made from a patient's own stem cells.

When Macchiarini's first windpipe transplant was reported in the medical journal Lancet in 2008, it was hailed as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine. Macchiarini's new airway—partly made using stem...
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