The Controversy Of Hwang Woo Suk Essay

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How can one soar higher than the stars and be any longer than the dirt below them? Many have asked that question in regard to scientist who manipulated their data in a studies to prove their points. These scientists, who at one point could be seen as the forerunner in their field, now cannot be trusted when it comes to publishing their data. One of these leading scientists, Hwang Woo-Suk, was once considered the pride of Korea before being exposed as a fraud in 2005-2006. Having claimed to perfectly clone human egg cells in a Science article, Hwang was soon met with an investigation revolving his studies. This investigation exposed Hwang for his manipulative and unethical ways he retrieved human egg cells. The controversy surrounding these revelations led to public claims that Hwang had modified the data of his research.
In order to understand how Hwang falsified his data, the first thing to do is to discuss what some of his research led him to discovery. In the March 2004 issue of Science magazine, Hwang and his team published their findings on effectively creating human embryonic stem line, or hES, from a single somatic cell. Titled “Evidence of a Pluripotent Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line Derived from a Cloned Blastocyst,” Hwang stated that the results showed that the somatic would go under a process called therapeutic cloning where “the transfer of the nucleus of a somatic cell into an enucleated donor oocyte” (Hwang et al., “Evidence” 1669). With 16 female volunteers…

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