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S.Korea scientist says [he] paid Russia mafia for mammoth
Reuters ^ | 24 October 2006 | staff writer

Posted on 10/24/2006 7:18:24 AM PDT by yankeedame

S.Korea scientist says paid Russia mafia for mammoth
24 Oct 2006 09:26:03 GMT
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SEOUL, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk said on Tuesday he spent part of private donations for research to pay the Russian mafia for mammoth tissues to clone extinct elephant species.

Hwang, once celebrated as a national hero, was indicted in May on charges of fraud and embezzlement after prosecutors said he was the mastermind of a scheme to make it look like his team had produced stem cells through cloning human embryos.

He previously told a Seoul court that he spent part of more than 1 billion won ($1 million) in corporate donations for "peripheral activities related to research."

"Some of the money was spent in contacting the Russia mafia as we tried to clone mammoths," Hwang told the court during a hearing on Tuesday. "But you can't say that (on the expense claim) so we expensed it as money for cows for experiment."

Hwang previously said he obtained mammoth tissues from glaciers and tried to clone them three times but failed.

Prosecutors have charged Hwang with fraud to secure funds and misusing 2.8 billion won ($2.9 million) in state funds and private donations as well as violating bioethics laws in procuring human eggs for research.

An investigation panel at Seoul National University, where Hwang once worked, said his team fabricated key data in the two papers on embryonic stem cells that were once heralded.

Misuse of state funds carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail, while violating the bioethics laws can lead to three years' imprisonment, prosecutors have said.

Hwang denied any of the funds were used for anything other than research. He described extra expenses incurred when trying to secure animal ovaries in addition to paying for junior researchers' housing and travel.

"Do you know how hard it is to secure four or five animal ovaries at butcher shops? You need to keep the workers there happy."

Hwang's research had raised hopes because it seemed to fulfil a promise of embryonic stem cell studies where tissues could be grown to repair damaged bodies and cure illnesses such as diabetes and severe spinal cord injuries. ($1=959.3 Won)

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 10/24/2006 7:18:24 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame

When mammoths are outlawed, only outlaws will have mammoths.

2 posted on 10/24/2006 7:27:34 AM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

A balding bull mammoth?

Wooly Booley was a bull.
Wooly had receding wool.
So, Wooly Booly wasn't wooly, fully.

3 posted on 10/24/2006 7:34:47 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: tumblindice

"That really blew."
Fuzzy Wuzzy the Bear

4 posted on 10/24/2006 7:38:31 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: yankeedame
Impossible. There is no Russian mafia! Only dark-skinned people/foreigners in Russia are mafia and criminals. Everyone should know this by now as the Russian freepers have told us so.

If ir was mafia it must have been Georgians or Azeris or something.

5 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:28 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: MarMema
Re #5

Or third generation Chechens in Siberia.:)

6 posted on 10/24/2006 11:38:41 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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A topic from October which was hiding in a discontinued, alternate keyword.

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7 posted on 12/07/2006 10:10:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006
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