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Stem Cell research a fake??

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Sorry for the third article of the day but again, there is something worth looking at.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/12/23/skorea.stem.cell.ap/index.html

 

Panel says stem cell work faked

 

Researcher apologizes, resigns from university

 

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Researcher Hwang Woo-suk apologized Friday and resigned from a South Korean university after the school announced that he fabricated results in stem-cell research that had raised hopes of new cures for hard-to-treat diseases.

A university panel, releasing findings of a probe, accused Hwang of damaging the scientific community with his deception, while South Korea's government rued the scandal surrounding the country's star scientist and said it may pull its funding for his research.

"I sincerely apologize to the people for creating a shock and disappointment," Hwang told reporters as he was leaving his office at Seoul National University, considered the country's top institution of higher learning.

"With an apologizing heart ... I step down as professor," he said.

However, Hwang still maintained that he had produced the technology to create patient-matched stem cells as he claimed to do in a May article in the journal Science.

"I emphasize that patient-specific stem cells belong to South Korea and you are going to see this," said Hwang, a veterinarian.

Earlier Friday, a panel of Seoul National University experts said Hwang had faked results of at least nine of 11 stem cell lines he claimed to have created in the May paper -- the first confirmation of allegations that have cast a shadow over all his purported breakthroughs in cloning and stem-cell technology.

"This kind of error is a grave act that damages the foundation of science," the panel said.

The South Korean government, which had strongly supported Hwang and designated him the country's first "top scientist," said Friday it was "miserable" over the reported results of the investigation and admitted errors in its handling of Hwang.

Choi Sung-sik, vice minister of science and technology, said it's impossible to recover money already spent for Hwang, a total 40.5 billion won (US $39.9 million, 33.75 million euros) for research and facilities since 1998. But his ministry will look at ending other funding and withdraw the "top scientist" designation.

Still, the government said it would support other similar research.

The university panel said Friday it found that "the laboratory data for 11 stem cell lines that were reported in the 2005 paper were all data made using two stem cell lines in total."

To create fake DNA results purporting to show a match, Hwang's team split cells from one patient into two test tubes for the analysis -- rather than actually match cloned cells to a patient's original cells, the university said.

"Based on these facts, the data in the 2005 Science paper cannot be some error from a simple mistake, but cannot be but seen as a deliberate fabrication to make it look like 11 stem-cell lines using results from just two," the panel said.

"There is no way but that Professor Hwang has been involved," the university's dean of research affairs, Roe Jung-hye, told a news conference, adding that Hwang "somewhat admits to this."

The panel said DNA tests expected to be completed within a few days would confirm if the remaining two stem-cell lines it had found were actually successfully cloned from a patient.

In light of the revelations, the panel said it would now also investigate Hwang's other landmark papers -- which include another Science article in 2004 on the world's first cloned human embryos, and an August 2005 paper in the journal Nature on the first-ever cloned dog. The journals already are reviewing all the work.

Hwang has already asked Science to withdraw the May paper, citing "fatal errors," claiming he had created only some of the 11 stem-cell colonies at the time of publication but completed the work later.

The university panel said Friday that it found no records of two of the other stem-cell lines Hwang claims to have created. Four others died from contamination, and another three were in the nurturing stage and hadn't yet become full stem-cell lines.

Hwang's article this year had also been viewed as significant for his efficiency in cloning the stem-cell lines, claiming to use just 185 human eggs to create custom-made embryonic stem cells for the 11 patients.

But Roe said the investigation had "found that there have been a lot more eggs used than were reported" and were investigating the exact number.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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This doesn't mean stem cell research is fake, it just means this particular researcher exaggerated the results of his tests.

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yeah. classic.

"lets make up headlines that mislead people into believing what i want them to believe even though what i want them to believe isnt the truth."

awesome tactic. the sad thing is that it works... esp with the least educated people in this country... you know... people in the south... plains states... rocky mountain states...

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What pisses me off is that conservative Christianites (the bad kind, not the nice ones) will look at this article and say "See! I told you that God would discredit those sinners and blasphemers!"

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being from the south is no excuse for one's ignorance. being from the north is no excuse for stereotyping the south... plain states... rocky mountain states.....

 

clearly my stereotyping was appropriate. esp in your case

i was making fun of the religious right.

:S:

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christmas is over

my new bumper sticker for sale on cafepress:

 

how would jesus drive?

 

because its always some mofo with the jesus fish who cuts you off, flips you off and screams out their window "i dont care you have a baby on board" sign in your child-safe volvo.

 

in the words of gandhi - i like your christ. i dont like your christians. they are nothing like christ.

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yeah well... gandhi also refused sex. makes you wonder just how wise he was. :D

 

bahahhhaaahahahahahhahaahaahahha

 

On another note, those boys in that picture sure could do to lose some weight

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yeah well... gandhi also refused sex. makes you wonder just how wise he was. :D

 

so you are questioning his like of christ?

 

he was just tantric. he had children

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