Friday, February 10, 2006

Pitt Critical of Stem Cell Researcher

My oldest is considering Pitt for college...

PITTSBURGH - A U.S. stem-cell expert committed "research misbehavior" in his work with a now-disgraced South Korean scientist, but his actions don't constitute scientific wrongdoing, university investigators said Friday.

The University of Pittsburgh Research Integrity panel concluded that Dr. Gerald Schatten "likely did not intentionally falsify or fabricate experimental data" and said there was no evidence he knew of misconduct in Dr. Hwang Woo-suk's work in South Korea.

However, it found that Schatten, as co-author with Hwang on a 2005 article, "did not exercise a sufficiently critical perspective as a scientist."

The article purported to show the creation of stem cells from the world's first cloned human embryos.

link to full AP article

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