New Blow To South Korea Clone Work

Published: Dec 30, 2005

South Korea's disgraced human cloning scientist did not produce any stem cells tailored to individual patients as claimed, a panel has concluded. A Seoul National University panel said it believed that Hwang Woo-suk never had the data he said he had. Dr Hwang quit last week after the panel said some research was fabricated. Correspondents say the finding is important as individually-tailored stem cells were seen as a key to treating diseases like diabetes and Alzheimers. The scientist maintains he has developed technology to produce such stem cells. The panel said it would continue its investigation into other research by Dr Hwang, including the authenticity of a cloned Afghan hound which was claimed to be the world's first cloned dog.

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