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The Hwang Woo-Suk Scandal and the Development of Bioethics in South Korea


Abstract In 2004, the South Korean geneticist Woo-Suk Hwang published what was widely regarded as the most important research result in biotechnology of the year. In the prestigious American journal Science, he claimed that he had succeeded in cloning a human blastocyst, an embryo in its early stages (Hwang et al. 2004). A year later, in a second Science article, he made the earth-shattering announcement that he had derived eleven embryonic stem cell lines using his cloning technique (Hwang et al. 2005). The international scientific community was stunned. American scientists publicly fretted that President George W. Bush‘s 2001 executive order limiting federal funding for stem-cell research in the United States had put American bioscience behind the... (more)
Created Date 2012-12
Contributor Clay, Anne (Author) / Hurlbut, James (Thesis Director) / Maienschein, Jane (Committee Member) / Marchant, Gary (Committee Member) / Barrett, The Honors College () / School of Life Sciences ()
Subject Biological Sciences / Biology and Society / Science / Health / Cloning / Bioethics / South Korea / Human Embryos / Human Rights
Series Academic Year 2012-2013
Type Text
Extent 68 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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