Panel finds ex-Pitt fellow falsified data

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A postdoctoral fellow knowingly falsified stem cell data while trying to clone monkey embryos while at the University of Pittsburgh, a U.S. federal panel said.

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UPI almanac for Dec. 24, 2006.
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Shamed South Korean scientist opens lab

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Disgraced South Korean stem cell research scientist Hwang Woo-suk has reportedly opened a private research laboratory.

Hwang Woo-suk to resume research in Korea

SEOUL, June 28 (UPI) -- A former Seoul National University scientist who fabricated cloning data reportedly will continue stem-cell research, supported by private investors.

Cloning expert indicted for fraud

SEOUL, May 12 (UPI) -- South Korea's disgraced stem cell scientist Friday was indicted on charges of fraud and embezzlement related to his cloning research, a prosecutor said. After a five-month investigation, prosecutors confirmed that former Seoul National University veterina

Egg donors sue S. Korean hospitals

SEOUL, April 21 (UPI) -- Two women who donated eggs for research by South Korean cloning expert Hwang Woo-Suk have filed a lawsuit claiming they were misled about the risks.

South Korea stem cell researcher is fired

SEOUL, March 20 (UPI) -- Disgraced South Korean stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk was reportedly fired from Seoul National University Monday.

Korean scientist's research license voided

SEOUL, March 16 (UPI) -- The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare has revoked disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk's license to conduct embryonic stem-cell research.

Some vindication for S. Korean scientist?

SEOUL, March 12 (UPI) -- A South Korean who worked with Hwang Woo-Suk, the scientist accused of faking results, says their claim to have cloned stem cells will be vindicated.

Stem cell expert admits faking data

SEOUL, March 6 (UPI) -- South Korean stem cell expert Hwang Woo-suk Monday admitted to prosecutors he ordered the fabrication of research data for publication last year.

Disgraced S. Korean scientist questioned

SEOUL, March 2 (UPI) -- Disgraced stem-cell expert Hwang Woo-suk and three of his associates were reportedly questioned Thursday concerning research fraud.

No stem-cell misconduct by Pa. researcher

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A University of Pittsburgh panel has ruled that a biologist committed no scientific misconduct involving fraudulent South Korean cloning research.

South Korean cloning expert: I was set up

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk, who has admitted falsifying published stem cell and cloning research, reportedly says he was betrayed by colleagues.

Science retracts cloning articles

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The journal Science has retracted two articles by a discredited South Korean scientist who claimed production of a stem-cell line from a cloned human embryo.

S. Korea scientist stripped of honors

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The South Korean scientist accused of faking what was thought to be groundbreaking research in cloning and stem cells has been stripped of state honors.
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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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