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Seoul National University May Interview U.S. Researcher over Cloning Controversy

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Seoul National University May Interview U.S. Researcher over Cloning Controversy

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

South Korea's top university has asked for an interview with an American researcher as it investigates scientist Hwang Woo-suk's purported breakthroughs in cloning, the school said.

Seoul National University said that Hwang did not create any of the 11 stem cell lines tailored to individual patients as claimed in a paper, published in May in the prestigious journal Science.

The nine-member university panel investigating the controversy said it has officially requested an interview with Dr. Gerald Schatten, a University of Pittsburgh researcher who co-authored the paper, to carry out an "accurate investigation."

The panel also plans to interview Park Jong-hyuk, another co-author of the 2005 paper.

Park is now also at the University of Pittsburgh.

"We have yet to receive responses, but expect both to agree," the university said in a statement. "It looks like the interviews would be conducted either through video conferencing or by phone."

The U.S. university is also investigating Schatten's role in Hwang's article on patient-specific stem cells. The paper listed Schatten as "senior author," but also described him as a consultant who did little, if any, actual research. …

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