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Government Auditors Question South Korean Stem Cell Researcher


South Korean state auditors questioned disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk Friday about his possible misappropriation of state funds.

Hwang and his research team had received more than $45 million in state funding and private donations for research over the past decade.

The interrogation comes two days after prosecutors said Hwang had made false claims about creating patient-specific stem cells.

Hwang has already been questioned by a Seoul National University panel, which earlier this month said the veterinarian had fabricated results published in landmark 2004 and 2005 papers in the international journal Science.

Hwang has admitted to fraud in his papers, but says he was the victim of a conspiracy to discredit him. He accuses junior scientists of deceiving him about research data.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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