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Disgraced Embryonic Stem Cell Researcher Used Money to Clone Mammoths
LifeNews ^ | 7/25/06 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 07/25/2006 11:36:25 AM PDT by wagglebee

Seoul, South Korea (LifeNews.com) -- Disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose team became an international laughingstock after they faked their entirety of their embryonic stem cell research, appeared in court on Monday in a trial about charges that he embezzled public and private research funds. Hwang admitted he spent more than one million in attempting to clone a mammoth.

Hwang was indicted in May by South Korean government prosecutors who say that Hwang misspent public and private dollars intended for research.

On Monday, Hwang admitted he spent part of the money, some $1.05 million in failed attempts to clone mammoths, extinct members of the elephant family.

"We secured mammoth tissues from glaciers and tried cloning three times, but failed," Hwang said.

Hwang indicated South Korea's powerful SK Group gave his research team the money and that it was intended for "peripheral activities related to the research."

A prosecutor asked Hwang if any of the money supposed to be used for research wound up in his personal bank accounts.

Hwang did not deny that this happened and said, "I did have the money managed separately."

According to a Reuters report, Hwang admitted that he used some of the money meant for research to clone tigers, pay for housing for a junior scientist, pay for a wedding for a colleague, and fund overseas trips for members of his research team.

He also indicated he deposited research funds into bank accounts under the names of colleagues and frequently withdrew large sums of money and put it in suitcases and took it o undisclosed locations.

"Some of it had to go to uses of a highly classified nature," he said, according to the Reuters report.

In February, South Korea's Board of Audit and Inspection said millions of dollars were placed in Hwang's personal bank account that should have been deposited for research.

Prosecutor Lee In-kyu also said Hwang embezzled $900,000 in private and government donations to the research. After getting more than $35 billion in research funds from the government and private donors, South Korean prosecutors say Hwang misused much of the money by laundering it through 63 bank accounts set up under false names.

Lee indicated Hwang's team also paid for human eggs for research, which is a violation of the nation's bioethics laws.

Hwang and his team "indelibly hurt the people as well as the families and patients of hard-to-cure diseases," Lee said. "Some scientists abused the people's high expectations and a lack of peer reviews and disregarded ethics of research to attain their own goals."

During the Monday hearing, Hwang again apologized for the embryonic stem cell research fraud and again claimed he wasn't totally to blame but was deceived by colleagues.

"I apologize 100 times over for the trouble (I) caused. But I was cheated and I cheated, and I am as sad about it as anyone," he said.

Though prosecutors accepted Hwang's claim that his junior researchers misled him into thinking the stem cells had been cloned, Hwang "fabricated most of the data" to exaggerate his research team's success.

Lee reconfirmed the results of a Seoul National University study that indicated all of Hwang's team's claims about human cloning and embryonic stem cell research successes were false.

Other researchers were charged with fraud and tampering with research samples, and another with bioethics violations. Neither Hwang nor the other researchers were arrested.

Hwang could face up to 10 years in jail for misusing government funds and another three years for violating bioethics laws about obtaining human eggs for research.

Hwang's team published the results of the research in two papers in the scientific journal Nature, which has since revoked them after learning they were fraudulent.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cloning; crevolist; embryonicstemcells; fraud; godsgravesglyphs; hwangwoosuk; jurassicpark; mammoth; mammoths; scientists; stemcells; woolymammoth
Hwang and his team "indelibly hurt the people as well as the families and patients of hard-to-cure diseases," Lee said. "Some scientists abused the people's high expectations and a lack of peer reviews and disregarded ethics of research to attain their own goals."

Embryonic stem cell research is an inhumane sham to begin with, so this isn't really surprising.

1 posted on 07/25/2006 11:36:30 AM PDT by wagglebee
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To: Coleus

Ping.


2 posted on 07/25/2006 11:36:56 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: 8mmMauser

Ping.


3 posted on 07/25/2006 11:37:08 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
Embryonic stem cell research is an inhumane sham to begin with, so this isn't really surprising.

Granted, but I still think the mammoth thing is cool.

4 posted on 07/25/2006 11:38:36 AM PDT by marron
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To: wagglebee

But cloning mammoths would actually be cool :)


5 posted on 07/25/2006 11:39:07 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: JohnnyZ

Thats two votes.


6 posted on 07/25/2006 11:39:42 AM PDT by marron
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To: wagglebee

If this guy didn't embezzle the money, Christopher Reeves would be walking today.


7 posted on 07/25/2006 11:39:57 AM PDT by Sapper26 (All men should marry, you can't blame everything on the government - Jed Clampett.)
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To: JohnnyZ

"Thats two votes."




I'll bet that will be the 95% reaction for us on this thread.


8 posted on 07/25/2006 11:41:41 AM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: wagglebee
Was he working together with this guy?


9 posted on 07/25/2006 11:42:50 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: marron; JohnnyZ
Thats two votes.

Three.

10 posted on 07/25/2006 11:46:31 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: wagglebee
Big whoop.

We've already got a mammoth.

And he's the senior senator from Massachusetts, to boot!

11 posted on 07/25/2006 11:47:52 AM PDT by MarineDad (Whenever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits.)
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To: wagglebee

So this guy's in big trouble for trying to do something cool (cloning mammoths) when he was supposed to be doing something evil (grinding up babies)?!? What's the world coming to?


12 posted on 07/25/2006 11:48:24 AM PDT by xjcsa (The internet is not a truck. It's a series of tubes.)
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To: MarineDad

And he has a potential female "mate" from NY.


13 posted on 07/25/2006 11:48:32 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Good God! Can you imagine what the result of such a union would be! It's too horrible to contemplate...


14 posted on 07/25/2006 11:50:38 AM PDT by MarineDad (Whenever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits.)
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To: xjcsa

The left would be upset because it could lead to raising mammoths just for their skins, as opposed to raising babies just for their stem cells.


15 posted on 07/25/2006 11:51:09 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: wagglebee

Clone a mammoth? Well at least his heart was in the right place...........


16 posted on 07/25/2006 11:51:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: MarineDad

But he ain't "WOOLY"..........


17 posted on 07/25/2006 11:52:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: wagglebee

Send me to Hawaii to research global warming.


18 posted on 07/25/2006 11:52:39 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: JohnnyZ
But cloning mammoths would actually be cool

Cloning mammoths would be a real waste of money, time and effort,
which could better be spent cloning Kobe Tai.

19 posted on 07/25/2006 11:52:40 AM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: ansel12; wagglebee; JohnnyZ

I vote for cool. Way cool.


20 posted on 07/25/2006 11:53:52 AM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: MarineDad

But it would probably float!


21 posted on 07/25/2006 11:54:08 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: PatrickHenry; Ichneumon

A "Pleistocene Park" ping.


22 posted on 07/25/2006 11:55:10 AM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: ASA Vet

Ha ha ha, I mean I'm sure I don't know who that is.


23 posted on 07/25/2006 11:55:16 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: wagglebee

I vote for cool. Maybe when he's done, he can work on the saber-tooth tiger.


24 posted on 07/25/2006 11:57:15 AM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: wagglebee

25 posted on 07/25/2006 12:00:07 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: wagglebee
"Prosecutor Lee In-kyu also said Hwang embezzled $900,000 in private and government donations to the research. After getting more than $35 billion in research funds from the government and private donors, South Korean prosecutors say Hwang misused much of the money by laundering it through 63 bank accounts set up under false names."

$35 Billion? That doesn't sound right.

26 posted on 07/25/2006 12:04:09 PM PDT by Godebert
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To: Godebert

I have a feeling it's a typo and they meant MILLION.


27 posted on 07/25/2006 12:07:29 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: marron

If he were succesfull cloning the mammoth, liberals would attack him for "deracinating" the little fellow, because he would have to grow up with no other indigenous mammoths.


28 posted on 07/25/2006 12:07:41 PM PDT by bukkdems (If this global warming gets out of hand, we can use some of that nuclear winter.)
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To: wagglebee

I am getting out my stopwatch to see how long it takes for the Luddite crowd to use this as "proof" that scientific research should not be done and/or TToE is false.


29 posted on 07/25/2006 12:09:58 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (A Conservative will die for individual freedom. A Liberal will kill you for the good of society.)
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To: wagglebee
He also indicated he deposited research funds into bank accounts under the names of colleagues and frequently withdrew large sums of money and put it in suitcases and took it to undisclosed locations.

"Some of it had to go to uses of a highly classified nature," he said, according to the Reuters report.

A highly classified nature ROFLMAO. More seriously, at least the Koreans are prosecuting this guy. Too bad the same kind of scrutiny isn't being applied to the billions of dollars thrown at AIDS research and many other "scientific" boondoggles.

30 posted on 07/25/2006 1:19:01 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...


31 posted on 07/25/2006 1:49:11 PM PDT by Coleus (I love all of God's creatures, they taste delicious)
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Hwang Woo Suk

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


32 posted on 07/25/2006 2:11:53 PM PDT by syriacus (Big Brother MSM is "watching out for us," making sure we get the "correct" slant on world events.)
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To: syriacus

"Hwang Woo Suk

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"

Very good. Did you write that?


33 posted on 07/25/2006 7:39:50 PM PDT by Sun (Hillary had a D-/F rating on immigration; now she wants to build a wall????)
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To: marron
"Granted, but I still think the mammoth thing is cool."

I think it's cruel. There's no way a wooly mammoth would suffer global warming unless it was clipped regularly, and I don't think you could even find enough mexicans willing to shave the mammoths Americans won't shave.

34 posted on 07/25/2006 7:43:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: wagglebee

Related:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1568683/posts
A Real-Life Jurassic Park

Important post at that thread:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1568683/posts?page=9#9

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1545856/posts
Woolly mammoth genome comes to life (Jurassic Park, here we come)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1669608/posts
Pterosaur-like Creatures Reported in Papua New Guinea
(my note: found? Or brought back??)


35 posted on 07/25/2006 9:03:01 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Sun

Yes. Thank you.


36 posted on 07/25/2006 11:39:43 PM PDT by syriacus (Big Brother MSM is "watching out for us," making sure we get the "correct" slant on world events.)
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri JULY Dailies

8mm

37 posted on 07/26/2006 3:53:14 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam Tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.

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38 posted on 06/16/2007 1:41:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated June 15, 2007.)
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