Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More stem cell stuff

The BBC reported: A claim by a team of South Korean scientists (led by Lee Byeong-chun) to have created the first cloned wolves is being investigated by officials at the team's university [SNU]. Lee Byeong-chun is a former collaborator of disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk. The research was called into question after it was found that the team gave incorrect details in a table analysing the mitochondrial DNA sequence of the wolves and their surrogate mother dogs. Aside from the faulty table, Professor Lee's research paper on the wolf cloning was found to contain a simple mistake in calculating the success rate of his attempts to clone dogs. This error understated the past success rate and made the apparent technical progress the team had made since then more impressive.

Alison McCook of the Scientist noted of the Cha plagiarism flap:

Alan DeCherney of Fertility and Sterility told The Scientist he would not confirm the Cha letter and its contents, nor comment on the latest accusations. He said in an Email that the publications committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which publishes F&S, will meet Friday (April 13) to "make a decision on this matter."


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