By Terry Vanderheyden

SEOUL, December 23, 2005 ( – The research of Korean embryonic stem-cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk has been declared “intentionally fabricated” by a panel of scientists at Seoul National University.

The once national hero said, “I sincerely apologise to the people for creating shock and disappointment,” after the announcement, according to a BBC report.

“Based on these findings, data in the 2005 Science journal cannot be regarded as a simple accidental error but as intentional fabrication made out of two stem cells,” the investigators reported. “This is a serious wrongdoing that has damaged the foundation of science.”

A co-author of the May Science journal article reporting the discovery, Roh Sung-il, said that some of the pictures depicting 11 patient-specific stem cell lines had been doctored.

The news is good for those who oppose the intentional killing of embryonic children necessary to carry out the kind of research that Hwang does. The admission detracts from the credibility and feasibility of the science in general.


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