When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

23 December 2005

Obscene Clone Fall

So, South Korean national hero scientist Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, who stunned the world with his announcement last summer that he had created the world's first cloned dog, and had made other major scientific breakthroughs in the cloning and stem-cell research fields...

..and published the experimental results, among other places, in the incredibly prestigious journals Science and Nature...

Well, it turns out that he may have exaggerated a little bit.

Or a lot.

Hell, it's starting to look like he made the whole thing up:
A landmark scientific paper on cloning that propelled a South Korean scientist, Hwang Woo Suk, to international stardom was an "intentional fabrication" orchestrated by Dr. Hwang, a university panel charged today.


Offering the first evidence of what is considered one of the most sensational suspected frauds in science in recent years, the Seoul National University panel not only pledged to impose an unspecified heavy punishment on Dr. Hwang - until recently hailed as a national hero in South Korea - but also announced it was investigating his other high-profile achievements for veracity.

The most prominent of these was his announcement in August that he had created Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog. Time magazine named it the invention of the year for 2005.

The nationally televised announcement by the university - which examined data from his lab and questioned members of his research team - marked the first confirmation of a series of allegations that have cast doubt on all of Dr. Hwang's purported scientific breakthroughs.

"I apologize to the people for creating an unspeakable shock and disappointment," said Dr. Hwang, surrounded by weeping students. "I step down as professor of Seoul National University."
The tears of a cloner.

Korean Scientist Quits After Charges He Faked Cloning Data - New York Times

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