Monday, January 07, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, December 18 2007] Hwang Trying to Resume Stem Cell Research

The cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose status as a national hero unraveled when he was found to have faked research that gave hope to millions of sufferers from incurable diseases, is apparently attempting a comeback. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Monday the Suam Bioengineering Research Institute, a nonprofit lab known as Hwang’s research base in Korea, submitted a research plan on embryo cloning using somatic cells -- the very procedure Hwang falsely claimed to have perfected. Hwang is included as an ordinary researcher rather than team leader, according to Yang Byung-guk, a ministry director in charge of bioethics safety.

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