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Clone scientist's fraud unwashable blotch: Univ

"I will deal with the situation strictly" based on the findings of the investigation, he said.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2006 11:16 IST

Seoul National University has issued a public apology after an investigative panel ruled that scientist Hwang Woo-suk had faked his human stem cell research.

"I, as the president of the university, sincerely apologise to the public," Chung Un-chansaid in a nationally televised news conference.

He called Hwang's fraud "an un-washable blemish on the whole scientific community as well as our country" and a "criminal act in academia".

Chung also said that he will seek punishment for Hwang and other researchers on his team.

"I will deal with the situation strictly" based on the findings of the investigation, he said.

Hwang and his research team "did not have any proof to show that cloned embryonic stem cells were ever created," the panel said in a report on Tuesday, disputing claims in Hwang's 2004 paper in the journal Science that said that he had cloned a human embryo and then extracted stem cells from it.

The panel, however,upheld Hwang's claims of having created the world's first cloned dog.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 11:16 IST