U.S. periodical to retract paper from S.Korea's Hwang

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  • Friday, 30 Dec 2005

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. periodical that published a landmark May 2005 paper on tailor-made embryonic stem cells -- a study since debunked as a fabrication -- will retract the article, according to a statement received on Friday. 

A South Korean panel dealt a devastating blow to discredited scientist Hwang Woo-suk on Thursday, concluding his once-celebrated team provided no data to prove they had produced tailored embryonic stem cells. 

"There is no question in our minds that the stem-cell paper published 19 May 2005 by the journal Science needs to be retracted, and we are proceeding swiftly but appropriately in that direction," the periodical Science said in an editorial statement. 

The statement said the publication was working with the authors on the wording of the retraction and needed to take measures to ensure the work was permanently struck from the academic record, it said. 

The statement issued on Thursday in the United States said Science was seeking to get information on the probe being conducted by an investigation panel at Seoul National University. 

The university panel is also looking into other work from Hwang's team including the claims in a 2004 paper on producing the first cloned human embryos for research and the 2005 claim of producing the world's first cloned dog. 

The May 2005 paper in Science had been touted as having fulfilled a basic promise of embryonic stem cell studies, that one day genetically matched tissues could be transplanted in a patient to treat diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's. 

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