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  1. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyg
    Sometimes you hear things that give 'bizarre' a whole new meaning!

    Are there more of these?
    In my opinion, one serious issue raised by the Hwang case is the presence of many authors who had nothing to do with the data collection, analysis, or conclusions. These senior scientists lend prestige to and play a role in helping publication of a paper but try to withdraw from the paper when questions are raised about the results. The Cha, Wirth & Lobo paper shows suggests that this is not an uncommon situation.

    When should scientists put their names on papers? I refuse to have my name on papers where I have not participated in the data collection or analysis. However, this may be difficult to enforce and I am not certain that it is a good idea. Perhaps one way is to make sure that all the authors sign a document that says that they stand behind all the data collected and the conclusions reached. I suspect that this issue will get much more attention as organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences organize formal committees to address questions of scientific misconduct raised by the Hwang scandal.

    Last edited by Wise Young; 01-24-2006 at 02:25 PM.

  2. #82
    South Korean prosecutors confirm the findings of the university investigative committee. None of the frozen cell samples seized by the prosecutors were cloned.

    SKorean cloning expert's stem cells do not exist: prosecutor
    SEOUL, JAN 25 (AFP)

    South Korean prosecutors said today that disgraced cloning expert Hwang Woo-Wuk had created no patient-specific stem cells, confirming the findings of an academic probe.

    Prosecutors probing Hwang said that they had carried out DNA testing of stem-cell samples seized from an infertility clinic conducting research for the South Korean scientist.

    None of the cells were found to match those that Hwang claimed he had created in a landmark paper published in US journal Science in 2005.

    "The DNA test conducted by the Prosecutor General's Office forensic team produced the same results as those of the Seoul National University," a prosecutor told journalists on condition of anonymity.


  3. #83

    Hope he's been a good boy

    Prosecutors said Thursday they have recovered a notebook computer seized from a key collaborator of the disgraced stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk to determine his exact role in Hwang's fabrication of data in papers on stem cell research. "We've recovered researcher Kim Seon-jong's computers. We'll be able to confirm the contents of the files it contains today," a prosecution official said, asking to be anonymous.

  4. #84
    This short article from a Korean web site summarizes the Korean prosecutor's approach. For copyright reasons, I can't reproduce the entire article here and so will try to summarize.
    1. The assistant's name is Kim Sun-jong is 34 years old and had sent worrried emails to his friends when a Korean TV journalism program began to investigate the authenticity of the cells.
    2. The article goes on to state that "The prosecution has determined that the failure ot clone patient-specific somatic stem cells led Kim to submit falsified information to Hwang and Roh Sung-Il, the board director of MizMedi Hospital" in 2004.
    3. The prosecutors, however, believe that Hwang must have known some time before submitting his paper that there were no SCNT cloned cells.
    4. The prosecutors have summoned another Hwang assistant Park Eul-soon for questioning. [Note: She was one of the junior colleagues who had told the media that she was pressured by Hwang to donate eggs to the experiiment, was fourth on the list of authors in the 2005 Science paper, and was publicly praised by Hwang for her "chopstick technique" of transplanting somatic cell nuclei (Source).

    Meanwhile, Hwang asks for forgiveness, saying that junior scientists deceived him and should share the blame for the scandal (Source). Surrounded by two dozen currrent and former students and colleagues, Hwang continued to claim "I think we can create patient-specific stem cells in six months if eggs are sufficiently provided." This may be unlikely since the Korean government has now launched an audit of national funds provided for Hwang's research and the President Chung Un-chan of Seoul National University apologized for the fraud, call it "an unwashable blemish on the whole scientific community as well as our country" and a "criminal act in academia". He said that he would seek punishment for Hwang and other researchers on his team.

    Hwang? Assistant Forged Stem Cell Data

    JANUARY 27, 2006 03:06
    by Tae-Hoon Lee Jin-Kyun Kil (

    Prosecutors confirmed yesterday that Kim Sun-jong (34), a member of Dr. Hwang Woo-suk? research team, may have falsified data to make it seem as if the team succeeded in replicating patient-specific somatic stem cells.

    The special investigation department of the Seoul Central District prosecutor? office led by Hong Man-pyo, the head of Special Investigation Department III, determined this based on the Seoul National University investigation panel? final report, e-mail, research notes from relevant personnel, and researchers? statements.
    Last edited by Wise Young; 01-27-2006 at 02:44 AM.

  5. #85

    U of Pittsburgh scientist in Korean scandal an outspoken stem cell supporter

    By Daniel Lovering
    12:14 a.m. January 26, 2006
    PITTSBURGH – Five months ago, a smiling Dr. Gerald Schatten appeared before reporters alongside South Korean stem cell researcher Dr. Hwang Woo-suk to present a scientific feat – the first cloned dog.


    Three months later, however, Schatten abruptly ended his 20-month partnership with Hwang, accusing the renowned researcher of unethical practices for a 2004 report that claimed Hwang had created the world's first stem cells from cloned human embryos.


    In interviews with The Associated Press over the past week, former colleagues called Schatten a man of high standards with an irrepressible enthusiasm for science, although one former collaborator questioned whether his drive for recognition may have hurt him.


  6. #86
    This article is one of the first to mention the possible charges. The investigation into the egg procurement continues.
    Prosecutors Look Into How Hwang Got Ova

    By Kim Tong-hyung
    Staff Reporter
    Prosecutors summoned a key colleague of disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk Wednesday who claimed that the cloning expert coerced her to donate her eggs for his experiments.


    Hwang could be indicted on charges of fraud or embezzlement if it is confirmed that he received government funds based on false accomplishments.

    The SNU disciplinary committee held its first meeting yesterday to decided on the punishments for Hwang and his university colleagues.

    The university recently stripped Hwang of his title as ``chair professor,'' which entitled him to over 200 million won ($200,000) annually from POSCO, the country's largest steel-maker.

    The National Bioethics Committee, which operates under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said on Thursday it is reviewing whether Hanyang University Medical Center in Seoul had committed ethical breaches in providing eggs to Hwang for the experiments.

  7. #87

    Korean Prosecutors question Woo-suk Hwang
    Government questions disgraced researcher

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk was questioned Friday by South Korean government authorities for the first time since the scandal broke over his falsified embryonic stem cell research.

    The Board of Audit and Inspection questioned Hwang about his possible misappropriation of state funds, spokesman Park Jin-kyu said.

    Hwang received $42.2 million in government funds for his research as well as $4.35 million from private foundations, according to the board.


  8. #88

    The current system works .......

    More on link

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea's cloning scandal shows that the current research system can police itself and that governments don't need to crack down on scientific fraud, a stem cell expert said on Wednesday.

    "My biggest ... concern was that the public would blame all of science," said Dr. Evan Snyder, stem cell program director at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, California.

    "Hwang's downfall carries two serious implications for the public's perception of science. First, it reinforces the view that scientists cannot be trusted. Second, it creates the impression that stem-cell biology has been discredited or that progress in this field has been brought to a standstill. Both conclusions would be terribly wrong," Snyder wrote in a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Snyder said he fears an outraged public might call for government intervention into stem cell science.
    "I wanted to emphasize that that actually is not what is called for," Snyder said in an interview carried on the Journal's Web site. "I think the system does work."

  9. #89

    SNU professors play dumb in stem cell probe

    Interesting that people expect honor from scientists. Wise.
    SNU professors play dumb in stem cell probe

    The Seoul National University professors whose names are attached to fabricated research papers led by disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk are passing the buck on explaining how the papers were faked.

    On Saturday, the prosecution summoned four co-authors of Hwang's Science papers, and six junior researchers in its continuing probe into the work. Prosecutors said they have questioned seven professors so far.

    The seven SNU professors who are the co-authors on Hwang's papers have all claimed "I wasn't aware of the circumstances and was deceived by other people" in their appeals to SNU's disciplinary committee.

    The culture of shirking responsibility began with Hwang, who claims "the stem cells were switched with MizMedi stem cells" and that "I was deceived". Hwang has only been acknowledging "artificial mistakes" but not taking responsibility on any specific allegations.

    Professor Kang Sung-keun of SNU's veterinary school who was in charge of collecting data and writing the research paper said "I only prepared the rough draft and wrote the research paper because I was fluent in English." He claimed that "Professor Hwang Woo-suk knows the specific research process and paper submission process, and Professor Ahn Curie has been in charge of the press and contacts with researchers in the United States since last November."

    Professor Ahn of SNU meanwhile said "it is a mistake to think that I am like the spokesperson of the team." She said she is receiving "unfair attacks" despite not knowing the "specific processes".

    Lee Byeong-chon, also of SNU, apologized for causing trouble but denied any responsibility, saying "I only cloned animals, I don't know much about anything."

    Lee Chang-kyu of SNU who "consulted on research" and Baek Sun-ha of SNU who was in charge of "supplying patients' somatic cells" both said they "did not do much. Professor Hwang said he would put our names on the paper, so I just gratefully accepted his offer."

    Moon Shin-yong of SNU said that he did not know anything about the research paper fabrications and said that his name was added on the 2005 Science paper without his knowledge.

    An official at SNU criticized the professors, saying "the related professors are all saying they don't know anything about the research, but let's see what they said when they were receiving their medals last year for contributing to the research's accomplishments." "Shouldn't they be taking responsibility according to the size of their medals?" the official added.

    Hwang and five co-authors of the Science papers received 'science technology medals' from the government last year, which honors those who contributed to the development of science technology. Professors Moon Shin-yong, Roh Sung-il, Lee Byeong-chon, Ahn Curie, and Kang Sung-keun all received medals last year.

    "Since all the researchers at the top are shirking responsibility, junior researchers such as Kwon Dae-ki and Kim Sun-jong may end up facing all the charges and responsibility if they do not actively prove the line of command," said the SNU official.


  10. #90

    Hwang Ordered Manipulation of Lab Samples: Researcher

    Hwang Ordered Manipulation of Lab Samples: Researcher

    By Kim Tong-hyung
    Staff Reporter
    A junior colleague of Seoul National University (SNU) scientist Hwang Woo-suk told school authorities Tuesday that the cloning expert ordered him to manipulate laboratory samples in faking two recent studies on cloned human stem cells.

    The recent revelation adds further weight to allegations that Hwang had elaborately faked the key results of both of the papers published by U.S. journal Science in 2004 and 2005.

    In the much-debated two papers, which were recently retracted by Science, Hwang had claimed the creation of stem cell lines from cloned human embryos, which would have been a world-first.

    A nine-member investigative panel at SNU recently concluded both studies as fraudulent, saying that the DNA of the stem cells did not match those of the egg donors, which invited the criminal investigation into Hwang. According to the university panel, Kwon Dae-kee, a SNU researcher who co-wrote the 2005 Science paper, claimed he manipulated eight stem cells samples under orders from Hwang to make them appear as they have been derived from cloned human embryos.

    Kwon said he simply split the body cells of the donors into two test tubes and presented them as samples of the stem cell line described in the 2005 Science paper when asked during the probe by the investigative panel, school officials said Tuesday.

    The reported comments by his junior researcher puts further pressure on Hwang, once considered among the world’s leading cloning experts, who had been denying that he had full knowledge of the irregularities revealed by the panel.

    With the credibility of his work under attack, Hwang had been pointing the blame at others, accusing collaborators from local fertility clinic Mizmedi Hospital of swapping stem cells with the hospital’s supplies to cut corners in the studies.


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