South Korea To End Stem Cell Research Ban

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South Korea will lift a three-year ban on human stem cell research, a presidential advisory committee announced last week.

The government had banned stem cell research in 2006 following a scandal involving cloning expert Hwang Woo-suk, who claimed to have made stem cells from cloned human embryos. Hwang scandalized the global scientific community when it emerged that scientific papers outlining his claim relied on falsified data.

The National Bioethics Committee said it has made the decision to allow a Seoul hospital to conduct work on human stem cells. The committee issued several conditions on the Cha Medical Center in exchange for the right to carry out human stem cell research, including hiring more bioethics experts, minimizing the use of human eggs and not citing specific diseases to prevent patients from getting their hopes elevated for potential cures.

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