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South Korea pushes rights reform for North Korea

SEOUL, April 29 (UPI) -- South Korean lawmakers are urged to embrace the spirit of solidarity by passing a human rights measure regarding North Korea, a party leader said Monday.

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Discovery of living mammoth cells claimed

YAKUTSK, Russia, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Researchers with an expedition in Russia's northeastern republic of Yakutia say they've found the "living cells" of a mammoth frozen in permafrost.

S. Korean politico offers resignation

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The spokesman for South Korea's ruling party offered to quit Saturday, saying someone has to take responsibility for the party's money-for-nomination scandal.

South Korea parties reach agreement

SEOUL, May 1 (UPI) -- South Korea's ruling and opposition parties have agreed to a session of the National Assembly to pass several pending bills, lawmakers said Tuesday.

Extinct woolly mammoth to be cloned

SEOUL, March 13 (UPI) -- A South Korean research laboratory says it plans to work with a Russian university to clone a woolly mammoth, a species extinct for 4,500 years.

Disgraced scientist gets suspended term

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Seoul district court Monday handed down a suspended sentence to disgraced South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk for embezzling research funds.

Disgraced scientist claims breakthrough

SEOUL, May 15 (UPI) -- A breakthrough in creating stem-cell lines from cloned pig embryos will restore the reputation of South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, a colleague said.

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Company offers to clone family pets

MILL VALLEY, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- A California biotechnology startup says it will sell five slots giving people the opportunity to clone their family dogs.

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Scientific first found in Hwang research

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say discredited stem cell research by Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk actually did achieve a scientific first.

South Korea to resume human egg cloning

SEOUL, March 23 (UPI) -- South Korean scientists plan to resume experiments with cloned human embryos next year, it was reported Thursday.

Hwang scandal hurt Korean scientists

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- South Korean officials say the journal Science is avoiding articles by Korean scientists because of disgraced cloning researcher Hwang Woo-suk.
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Hwang Woo-Suk (Korean: 황우석, born 29 January 1953) is a South Korean veterenarian researcher. He was a professor of theriogenology and biotechnology at Seoul National University (dismissed on March 20, 2006) who became infamous for fabricating a series of experiments, which appeared in high profile journals, in the field of stem cell research. Until November 2005, he was considered one of the pioneering experts in the field of stem cell research, best known for two articles published in the journal Science in 2004 and 2005 where he fraudulently reported to have succeeded in creating human embryonic stem cells by cloning. Both papers were later editorially retracted after they were found to contain a large amount of fabricated data. He has admitted to various charges of fraud.

On May 12, 2006, Hwang was "indicted on embezzlement and bioethics law violations linked to faked stem cell research." Korea Times reported on June 10, 2007 that "The university expelled him and the government rescinded its financial and legal support. The government has subsequently barred Hwang from conducting human cloning research. While being charged with fraud and embezzlement, he has kept a relatively low profile at the Suam Bioengineering Research Institute in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, where he currently holds a position. Since the controversy subsided, despite the past history and his lost credibility as a scientist, Hwang's lab has been actively publishing manuscripts, many of which have appeared on PubMed, the online database for biomedical research.

Early day Hwang Woo Suk grew up in the central Korean province of South Chungcheong. He worked at a farm to finance his studies when his widowed mother could not earn enough to provide for him and five other siblings. Hwang matriculated at Seoul National University after graduating from Daejeon high school. It was later revealed that despite his professors urging that he become a medical doctor, Hwang chose to be a veterinarian. After earning his doctorate, Hwang briefly practiced veterinary medicine, before moving into the field of scientific research. His aim at the time was to create a genetically superior Korean cow. Eventually, he became a full-time researcher at his alma mater, Seoul National University.

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