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Hwang Did Not Create Any Cloned Embryonic Stem Cells in 2005

This is short, so I will just reprint the story rather than link it. Hwang made it all up.

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 with patient tissues regarding the 2005 paper were not found. And it is the panel’s judgment that Professor Hwang ‘s team does not have the scientific data to prove that they (patient-specific stem cells) were made,” said Roe Jung-hye, chief of the university’s research office.

The panel found that two cells Hwang’s team claimed were stem cells were actually human egg cells supplied by a hospital in Seoul, Roe told reporters.

Hwang has said he has the technology to produce patient-specific stem cells.


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