Hwang Woo-Suk Attacks Another Stem Cell Research Colleague

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 22, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 22, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Disgraced South Korea embryonic stem cell research scientist Hwang Woo-suk has lashed out at a second colleague after more revelations have surfaced that he and his team have falsified their research.

After Roh Sung-il, chairman of the board at Seoul’s Mizmedi Hospital and a key partner of Hwang’s, told the media that most, if not all, of the embryonic stem cells Hwang supposedly cloned and created were falsified, Hwang claimed Roh may have replaced those cells with others.

Now, Hwang is going after another member of his team, Kim Seon-jong, against whom he filed a legal complaint with the Seoul Central District Court via his lawyer, Moon Hyung-sik.

According to a report in the South Korean Donga newspaper, Hwang said he faced a "serious disruption in creating patient-specific stem cells through somatic cell nuclear transfers due to artful disturbances by" Kim.

He urged prosecutors to “launch a direct investigation because the nature and criminal circumstances of the case are very grave.”

Hwang says Kim and other researchers disturbed his work.

“It is suspected that Kim put the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) embryonic stem cells—already created at the laboratory of MizMedi Hospital—in a container, brought them with him to the laboratory of SNU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and replaced the somatic stem cells there with them," the Donga reported Hwang’s legal papers saying.

Meanwhile, Roh says he has found another error in Hwang’s June 2005 paper published in the journal Science. That paper, which profiles the fabricated research, claims Hwang’s team created patient-specific embryonic stem cells.

But Roh says he had provided hundreds more human eggs for cloning experimentation than Hwang claims to have used in his study.

Roh says the MizMedi hospital provided more than 900 eggs from 65 women for research that led to the paper.

In the Science article, Hwang wrote that his team used only 185 eggs to clone and kill human embryos for their stem cells.

Last month, Hwang admitted he lied about and covered up human egg donations from two female junior researchers. That admission led to the avalanche of allegations that Hwang’s research was falsified.