Former Korean Scientific Hero Indicted
JOHN YDSTIE, Host:
In 2004, Hwang and his research team claimed they had created the world's first cloned embryos and extracted stem cells. The following year the team announced it had produced tailored embryonic stem cells.
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Besides charges of falsifying data, South Korean prosecutors say Hwang accepted and misused nearly $3 million in government and private donations. Hwang has been in seclusion for several months and has not commented on the new charges. Earlier he accused members of his team of producing the fake data, and he continues to insist he has the knowledge and technology to do what he's claimed. It's not known if the scientist will be taken into custody.
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