The Hwang Woo-Suk Research Scandal

Topics: Scientific misconduct, Morality, Science Pages: 3 (683 words) Published: June 19, 2012
The Hwang Woo-Suk Research Scandal

In scientific research poor scientific research can lead to financial waste and human health risks. This paper reviews an example of unethical business research and injured parties involved. Next how the unethical behavior affected everyone involved and how to prevent unethical behavior is explained.

Many institutions have different standards of what is considered to be unethical research. Some examples include: 1. Asking inappropriate questions
2. Skewing research results
3. Using participant information for unintended purposes
4. Failing to maintain participants' confidential information
Hwang Woo-Suk was a South Korean veterinarian and researcher who was famous for fabricating his success in creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning. Hwang first caught media attention when he announced creating a cloned dairy cow in 1999. Hwang did not present his findings and only gave pictures of the cloned cow. Hwang later claimed to have cloned a resistant BSE- resistant cow that did not include the research results. Hwang put out his first scientific publication that appeared on March 12th 2004 issue of Science. According the March 12th issue, Hwang made claims that his research team used 242 eggs to create a single cell line. Hwang continued to make claims about his research and released two more publications for June 11th 2004 and January 2005. Hwang was becoming more famous than ever when former colleague, Gerald Schatten, terminated his collaboration with Hwang.

Gerald Schatten terminated his collaboration because his, “decision is grounded solely on concerns regarding oocyte (egg) donations in Dr. Hwang’s research reported in 2004’’(Kakuk, 2009, p. 547). Gerald Schatten's resignation triggered the suspicions of Hwang's research. It was discovered that Hwang skewed his research results and on January 10th 2006. Seoul National University announced that both of Hwang's papers on Science 2004...

References: Kakuk, P. (2009, December). The Legacy of the Hwang Case: Research Misconduct in Biosciences. Science & Engineering Ethics, 15(4), 546-562. EBSChost.
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