Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Falsification on the other hand...

Earlier today I spoke out against the "wisdom of repugnance" argument, so often used as a sword with which to attack advances in the fields of genetics and biotechnology. While that particular argument carries no weight whatsoever, charges of fabricated research are much more serious. South Korean superstar stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk, already besieged by allegations of research ethics violations, is now being accused of falsifying results. The charges, if proven, would be a significant blow for Woo-suk as well as other human cloning researchers and one that the field, already beset by a chorus of "yuck factor" critics, can ill afford.

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