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From hero to disgrace

Hwang became a folk hero in South Korea
when he claimed to have produced the first South Korea
cloned human embryo and the first cloned
In its Tuesday report, the investigators said
his claim to have created the world's first Stem-cell research
cloned dog in 2005, Snuppy, was genuine.
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But the 53-year-old Hwang has been under
fire since November for his human cloning
research. He admitted his team used eggs
donated from junior scientists in his lab, a Manage Alerts | What Is This?
practice frowned upon because of coercion

His status slid further when colleague Roh Sung-il claimed in December that his
research was false, and called him a fake.

'I was deceived'

While taking responsibility for publishing the phony research, Hwang told reporters on
Thursday he had been deceived by researchers in another lab.

Citing collaborators at Mizmedi Hospital, also in Seoul, Hwang said they should share
the blame.

He insisted he had cloned human embryos, and said researchers at the other hospital
were responsible for deriving embryonic stem cells from them.

But they lied to him about their success in doing so, The Associated Press reported
him as saying.

Hwang claimed he has the technology to create patient-specific stem cells under the
right conditions.

"I think we can create patient-specific stem cells in six months if eggs are sufficiently
provided," he said.

Before the scandal broke out, Hwang was widely admired in South Korea, with
President Roh Moo-hyun opening a World Stem Cell Hub center, in a project seen as
putting the country at the forefront of cloning research.

The government had already given him 25 billion won ($24.7 million), according to AP

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the alleged misuse of state funds, South Korean media reported.

CNN's Sohn Jie-ae contributed to this report.

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