Hwang Woo-Suk Resigns After Embryonic Stem Cell Research Probe

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 23, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 23, 2005

Seoul, South Korea (LifeNews.com) — Disgraced embryonic stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-Suk has resigned from his position as a professor of veterinary medicine at Seoul National University after an SNU investigation revealed he faked the results of a study claiming a major breakthrough in the controversial field.

"I sincerely apologize to the people for creating a shock and disappointment,” Hwang told reporters Friday after SNU unveiled the probe’s results. “As a symbol of apology, I step down as professor of Seoul National University.”

Despite admissions from Hwang’s colleagues that the embryonic stem cell research was faked and the SNU probe confirming it, Hwang was still defiant Friday saying that he did produce patient specific cells.

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

Hwang had become something o a hero in South Korea — receiving millions in support from the nation’s government and lavish gifts and subsidies from airlines and other companies.

The South Korean government said it was "miserable" about the results of the SNU probe.

According to an Associated Press story, the Ministry of Science and Technology said the government trusts the university probe and “will consider necessary follow-up measures … including the possibility of halting research funds for Professor Hwang Woo-suk."

Choi Seong-sik, vice minister of science and technology, said his country has already spent $39.9 million for research and facilities for Hwang’s team since 1998.