Skip to comments.Disgraced cloning scientist goes on trial - Hwang Woo-suk
Posted on 06/19/2006 10:48:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SEOUL, South Korea - Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk went on trial Tuesday on charges of fraud and embezzlement in a scandal over faked stem cell research that undermined global hopes of dramatic new treatments for incurable diseases.
Hwang was indicted last month for allegedly accepting $2.1 million in private donations based on the outcome of the falsified research and embezzling about $831,000 in private and government research funds.
Hwang also was accused of buying human eggs for research, a violation of the country's bioethics law.
If convicted, the 52-year-old scientist faces at least three years in prison. Hwang is being tried along with five colleagues who face similar charges.
Hwang, who hasn't been seen in public since March, appeared nervous as he arrived at Seoul Central District Court. He would not speak with journalists.
"We'll protect you until the end!" supporters shouted. They formed much of the courtroom audience as the proceedings got under way.
Hwang was once hailed as an international stem cell pioneer and national hero. But he was fired in March as a professor at Seoul National University's veterinary department after admitting he fabricated data for two high-profile papers published in academic journals in 2004 and 2005.
Those claims of advances in embryonic stem cells, the basic human cells that can develop into nearly any kind of tissue, had offered hope of new treatments for millions of patients suffering from debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Creating patient-specific stem cells with a patient's own DNA would be a key breakthrough because they theoretically could be used for treatments to replace sick cells that wouldn't be rejected by the body.
Hwang has insisted he was deceived by underlings and has the technology to do what he claimed, and has apologized to the nation over the controversy.
Woo-suk? You talkin' to me?
Sounds like a restaurant around the corner in Van Nuys....
Woo Suk You Suk
Friday, December 16, 2005
A second look at Hwang Woo Suk
Hwang's just a name in the news.
Yes, the man's disappeared from our views.
He's been "hospital-ridden"
Since we've learned he was kiddin'
And he can't show us cells to peruse.
The pressure for cloning's so great
That a researcher might take the bait
And "doctor" his finds
To mislead weaker minds
Proving -- greed is a strong human trait
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