Updated on 7 December 2012
Those scientists did not demonstrate as such. It was ten years earlier that Dr Xu made that discovery, when he was able to explain how his discovery unlocked a somatic cell's potential to revert to pluripotent stem cell in situ.
The Nobel Assembly's use of the word "unlocked" compounds the falsity of the statement because it suggests that the scientists who won the Nobel Prize are harnessing an inherent ability of a somatic cell to revert to its pluripotent state through natural means that do not alter the cells integrity.
If the Nobel Prize scientists' findings consisted of leaving a somatic cell intact and unmodified, such as Dr Xu's finding, then the statement would have been true and accurate. However, the Nobel Prize scientists' discovery actually consists of the creation of an altered cell having nothing to do with human body pluripotent stem cell. The academy also falsely stated that "this discovery introduced fundamentally new research areas, and offers exciting new opportunities to study disease mechanisms", which is also inaccurate.
Dr Xu alleges that the statements made by the defendant has tainted and damaged his achievements in the scientific community, business, potential investors and his ability to continue to be selected as a top keynote speaker for several major international conferences.