Hwang: Fraud, Embezzlement and Bioethics Law Violation

Hwang Indicted for Fraud, Embezzlement. ‘Once-famed, now disgraced stem cell pioneer Woo Suk Hwang was indicted today on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and violations of a bioethics law. Five other members of the team have also been indicted – three on fraud charges, one on a bioethics law violation, and one for destroying evidence and obstructing normal business operations. Hwang, formerly a professor at Seoul National University (SNU), had claimed in a March 2004 Science paper to have made a breakthrough in so-called therapeutic cloning by creating a stem cell line from a cloned human blastocyst. He followed that a year later with a second Science paper claiming to have created 11 stem cell lines derived from tissue contributed by patients suffering from spinal cord injury, diabetes, or an immune disorder (ScienceNOW, 19 May 2005).’

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