The Legacy of the Hwang Case: Research Misconduct in Biosciences

TitleThe Legacy of the Hwang Case: Research Misconduct in Biosciences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKakuk, P
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published12/2009
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13533452
Accession Number45471921
Keywords& , (South); , -- , aspects; , BIOETHICS; , cells; , ethical , Fabrication; , Hwang , integrity; , KOREA , LIFE , Misconduct , Moral , research , Research; , sciences; , Scientific , scientists; , STEM , Stem-cell , Suk , Suk; , Woo
AbstractThis paper focuses on the infamous case of Hwang Woo Suk, the South-Korean stem cell researcher who was found guilty of research misconduct. The article discusses the history of the case and then focuses on the problems this case raises in terms of research misconduct in contemporary biosciences. What were the ethical lapses in his research? What kind of research misconduct has been identified? How this kind of misconduct affects scientific integrity? How to avoid it? Focusing on these questions, the paper interprets the Hwang’s case as a case study that might shed light on the worst aspects of highstakes global science. This case presents a group of problems that might endanger scientific integrity and public trust, and highlights the importance of ethical requirements and institutional safeguards in ensuring the responsible conduct of research. .
NotesKakuk, Péter 1,2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Behavioural Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences Centre, University of Debrecen, Nagyerdei krt. 98, P.O. Box 45, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary 2: Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Source Info: Dec2009, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p545; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS; Subject Term: STEM cells; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: LIFE sciences; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Subject Term: KOREA (South); Author-Supplied Keyword: Fabrication; Author-Supplied Keyword: Hwang Woo Suk; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research misconduct Fabrication; Author-Supplied Keyword: Scientific integrity; Author-Supplied Keyword: Stem-cell research; People: HWANG Woo Suk; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article
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