Tarry for the Nonce

January 4, 2006

Is Academic Recognition So Important?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:09 am

Could Hwang Woo-suk be more discredited?

A South Korean scientist whose work on tailored embryonic stem cells has been discredited, coerced junior female colleagues on his team to donate their own eggs for his research, a television network reported late on Tuesday . . .

Hwang, who claimed in a landmark 2005 paper he had made a breakthrough in therapeutic cloning research, was dealt a devastating blow last week by the panel, which said none of his work, published in the journal Science, could be proved.

Junior female researchers felt compelled to subject themselves to painful procedures to extract eggs and contribute to Hwang’s research out of fear they would otherwise be excluded from academic recognition, a member of his team told MBC TV.

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1 Comment

  1. If the people in my program who are academic-career bound could undergo painful procedures to improve their chances of publication, I think some of them would do it.

    Comment by Kevin — January 4, 2006 @ 8:14 pm


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