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Seoul's court upholds SNU's decision to dismiss disgraced cloning expert Hwang Woo-suk

07-23-2010 09:19 BJT

SEOUL, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The Seoul Administrative Court on Thursday ruled in favor of Seoul National University in a lawsuit brought by cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who claimed unfairness at the school's decision to expel him based on insufficient evidence.

Hwang was fired from his professorship in April 2006 after he was found to have fabricated the results of his experiments on cloning human stem cells. He gained worldwide fame from his papers published in the journal Science in 2004 and 2005 in which he claimed to have successfully obtained stem cells from cloned human embryos.

But allegations from co-workers that he had faked data and used unrighteous practices to acquire eggs from human donors followed, eroding his reputation. In May 2006, Hwang was charged with fraud for allegedly accepting millions of dollars' worth of funds from the state and private foundations for his research as well as embezzlement.

The trial ended three years later with his conviction for fraud.

Seven months after his dismissal, Hwang sued Seoul National University for making a false judgment based on invalid evidence obtained by the school's disciplinary committee.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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