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Scientist Convicted As His Claims Were Found To Be Fabricated

by Medindia Content Team on  May 12, 2006 at 6:37 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
Scientist Convicted As His Claims Were Found To Be Fabricated
In 2004 Hwang Woo-suk a South Korean scientist claimed that he had produced stem cell lines from cloned human embryos. But later it was found that the scientist an expert in cloning techniques have faked his stem cell research. Thereafter he was charged for fraud and embezzlement. He has used the grant given by the government and by the private committees for his personal reason. He is also found to have violated the bioethical laws. on bio-ethics. But he is not been taken into custody. Prosecution official Lee In-kyu said that charges were laid against him and his team of five researchers.
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They were accused of obstruction of duty, fraud and violation of bio-ethics laws. Dr Hwang claimed that his team of researchers extracted material from cloned human embryos that identically matched the DNA of 11 patients. This led to the belief that patients could be offered individualized treatments using tissue grown from embryonic stem cells to repair damaged organs or treat diseases like Alzheimer's. But all this and his fame were short lived when the Seoul National University panel found that the research was intentionally fabricated. He had received $42.2m from the government $4.35m from private foundations for his research. He is expected to receive a jail term of up to 10 years and an additional three years for the violation of bio-ethics laws.

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