Fraudulent Human Cloning Scientist Hwang Woo-suk Hits it Big With new Stem Cell Startup

International   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Feb 11, 2015   |   10:42AM   |   Washington, DC

We live in very unethical times. The human cloning fraudster, Hwang Woo-suk, has hit it big with a new stem cell startup.

From the AAAS story:

The scientist who once fraudulently claimed to have created embryonic stem cells matched to human patients and the one who really did it plan to conduct joint research, a Korean newspaper reported this morning. A Chinese regenerative medicine company will provide financial support, according to the account…

Hwang, in what is billed as an exclusive interview, now tells South Korea’s Dong-A Ilbo newspaper that he, Mitalipov, and Xiaochun Xu, CEO of Boyalife Group of Wuxi, China, have agreed to jointly work on the mechanisms of cloning. Boyalife, which has a number of stem cell– and regenerative medicine–related research and commercial efforts, will put up about $93 million.

One would think that science fraud would be a deal killer–even for someone who has successfully cloned animals. But not these days, and not this industry.

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This confirms my admittedly heterodox view that human cloning is so inherently wrong and immoral that it eventually poisons everything it touches. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.