Azara Blog: South Korean human stem cell results allegedly fabricated

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Date published: 2005/12/23

The BBC says:

Research by South Korea's top human cloning scientist - hailed as a breakthrough earlier this year - was fabricated, colleagues have concluded.

A Seoul National University panel said the research by world-renowned Hwang Woo-suk was "intentionally fabricated", and he would be disciplined.

Dr Hwang said he would resign, but he did not admit his research was faked.

"I sincerely apologise to the people for creating shock and disappointment," he said after the panel's announcement.

"As a symbol of apology, I step down as professor of Seoul National University."

However he maintained that the science behind his work was sound, and that his country's scientists were still leading the field.

Poor South Korea. Their first big moment on the world science stage and it seems now that it was all a fraud.

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