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South Korean cloners indicted

31st May 2006

The cloning researcher Woo-Suk Hwang, celebrated for his stem cell research in 2004, was indicted in South Korea on three charges.

 Hwang was charged with embezzling KRW2.8 billion (US$3 million) and using the funds to purchase a car for himself and gifts for politicians. He is said to have committed fraud by knowingly using fabricated data to apply for research funds. Hwang was also charged with violating a bioethics law that outlaws the purchase of eggs for research. The law, established in January 2005, was developed partly as a response to concerns triggered by Hwang's research in the first place.

Five other researchers on Hwang's team were also charged with various offences, including one who, the indictment said, had deceived Hwang by claiming cells he gave Hwang were clones.

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