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South Korea cloning scientist sues for academic reinstatement

[JURIST] South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk [BBC profile] has filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to his former position as a university professor, arguing that he should not have been fired in response to fraud, embezzlement, and bioethics charges [JURIST report] connected to his claims to have produced stem cell lines by cloning human embryos. Hwang is on trial [JURIST report] for accepting private donations based on falsified stem cell research. A report [summary] by scientists at Seoul National University discredited Hwang's human cloning claims, and the journal Science retracted Hwang's articles [Science report, PDF] about the research.

In his reinstatement lawsuit, Hwang argues that Alzheimer's patients and others who could benefit in the future from Hwang's stem cell research were harmed by Hwang's dismissal, which prevents him from conducting stem cell research. AP has more.

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