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    4-Year Jail Term Sought for Stem Cell Fraud

    08-24-2009 21:34

    4-Year Jail Term Sought for Stem Cell Fraud

    By Park Si-soo
    Staff Reporter

    The prosecution Monday sought a four-year jail term for cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk for alleged embezzlement and bioethics law violations linked to fake stem cell research.

    Sentences ranging from a suspended jail term to three years in prison are being sought for five other members of his now-defunct embryonic stem cell research team.

    "He fabricated research outputs to show off his performances," a prosecutor said. "He committed a grave crime in that his behavior dealt a blow to the Korean science circle and disappointed numerous citizens."

    The 57-year-old Hwang, touted as a global stem cell pioneer and treated as a national hero, was indicted in 2006 on charges of embezzling 2 billion won (then $2 million) of research funds from two domestic companies using fabricated reports. Two other points being reviewed are whether he intentionally fabricated reports, and if he secured human eggs from donors in exchange for financial benefit, which is illegal in Korea.


    OMG, I wish they would be more specific. This guy got megaloomanic or something. He WAS a gifted scientist, right? And then he started lying. And tarred us all forever.
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