Swedish university fires stem cell scientist over negligence


London (AP) – Sweden’s Karolinska University says it has fired Italian stem cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini, whose work was once considered revolutionary but has since been deemed to have breached medical ethics.

In a statement issued last week, Karolinska said Macchiarini was being fired for reasons including falsifying his CV and scientific negligence.

Karolinska said Macchiarini had “acted in a way that has had very tragic consequences for the people affected and their families.”

Macchiarini was part of the team that conducted the world’s first transplant using a windpipe partly made from a patient’s own stem cells in 2008.

Earlier this year, a Swedish documentary raised ethical concerns about his work, which Karolinska described as “truly alarming.”