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2006-01-25 17:05:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea's cloning scandal shows that the current research system can police itself and that governments don't need to crack down on scientific fraud, a stem cell expert said on Wednesday. Scientist Hwang Woo-suk has been stripped of his titles at Seoul National University, and South Korean prosecutors have said Hwang's team did not produce any human embryonic stem cells in 2004 and 2005, as it had claimed in landmark...

2006-01-25 03:10:00

SEOUL -- South Korean prosecutors looking into fraud by a team led by the country's best known scientist said the group did not produce any human embryonic stem cells as they had claimed, a prosecution official said on Wednesday. A Seoul National University panel investigating the case also reached the same conclusion about the work of the team led by the once heralded and now disgraced scientist, Hwang Woo-suk. It said in a report earlier this month data was intentionally fabricated in two...

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2006-01-17 07:50:00

Results reassure those who worried lines created without fertilized embryo might go awry Stem cells taken from cloned embryos are likely to be safe when used for therapeutic purposes, a new study finds. "This is actually really good news," said Tobias Brambrink, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher in the (Rudy) Jaenisch lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass. Although the work, which appears online this week in the Proceedings of the...

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2006-01-11 07:50:00

South Korean fraud is disappointing but the dream remains alive, they contend What had once seemed a giant leap for science has turned out to be not even the smallest of steps -- for now. Seoul National University's announcement Tuesday that all of Dr. Hwang Woo-suk's apparently groundbreaking research in human stem cells was faked closes a bitter chapter in the quest to find more and better remedies for human illnesses. Hwang's only legitimate claim is having cloned the world's first dog,...

2006-01-11 00:40:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Meticulous tests like those done to confirm that disgraced Korean scientists legitimately cloned a dog while faking human data may have to be used to validate scientific claims in the future, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday. A panel at Seoul National University concluded that two reports claiming that human embryos had been cloned to provide stem cells had been completely fabricated, but also found that the same team's claims to...

2006-01-04 11:20:00

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean scientist whose work on tailored embryonic stem cells has been discredited, coerced junior female colleagues on his team to donate their own eggs for his research, a television network reported late on Tuesday. A spokesman for Seoul National University said on Wednesday its panel investigating Hwang Woo-suk for scientific fraud would not comment on the allegation until it releases its final findings next week. Hwang, who claimed in a landmark 2005 paper he had...

2006-01-04 00:30:00

SEOUL -- A South Korean scientist whose work on tailored embryonic stem cells has been discredited, coerced junior female colleagues on his team to donate their own eggs for his research, a television network reported late on Tuesday. A spokesman for Seoul National University said on Wednesday its panel investigating Hwang Woo-suk for scientific fraud would not comment on the allegation until it releases its final findings next week. Hwang, who claimed in a landmark 2005 paper he had made a...

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2005-12-31 10:06:36

SEOUL, South Korea -- Disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk insisted he has the technology to produce embryonic stem cells matched to different patients even though a panel of his peers said he lied about creating such cells, a newspaper reported Saturday. A university panel said Thursday that Hwang did not produce any patient-specific stem cell lines as claimed in a paper published in May in the journal Science, dealing a shattering blow to the scientist's already tarnished reputation as a...

2005-12-29 05:34:34

By Lee Jin-joo SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans went from sorrow and shock to anger and outrage as a scientist they once hailed as a national hero was dealt another devastating blow on Thursday by a panel that said there was no data to back his landmark study. A Seoul National University panel said none of the samples taken from Hwang Woo-suk's lab were tailored embryonic stem cells as he had claimed in a 2005 paper. It was now reviewing whether Hwang had succeeded in cloning human...

2005-12-28 23:00:00

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean scientists had no data to prove claims made in a landmark 2005 paper that they had produced tailored embryonic stem cells, an investigation panel said on Thursday, indicating major scientific fraud. The same Seoul National University investigation panel had said last week that the paper -- produced by the team led by previously celebrated and now disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk -- contained data that was intentionally fabricated. "Stem cells with DNA matching...