Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Dr. Hwang and more alleged fakery

Koreabloggers have been handling the Hwang cloning scandal (or quasi-scandal, or faux scandal) quite well, so I haven't felt the need to pile on further. Hwang's image is in trouble, if nothing else. I did, however, want to point out this article, which seems to plunge Hwang further into controversy.

Personally, I'm willing to give Hwang the benefit of the doubt until certain questions are clearly answered. I think we won't get real answers until an international team investigates the history of Hwang's experiments, and other teams follow his stated procedures minutely to determine whether they can achieve the same results. Such is the beauty of the scientific method: it works because of standards associated with repeatability and verifiability. Fakers get sniffed out eventually.


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