Normal Limits

"Chance is the very guide of life"

"In practical medicine the facts are far too few for them to enter into the calculus of probabilities... in applied medicine we are always concerned with the individual" -- S. D. Poisson

December 15, 2005

Two blackeyes for biomedical research

As 2005 comes to a close, we first find that Merck had fudged its data on the Vioxx NEJM article.

Now it appears that Prof Hwang Woo-suk of Seoul National University had fudged his data too in his Science article on the creation of new stem cell cell lines.

BBC reports:
At least nine of 11 stem cell colonies used in a landmark research paper by Dr Hwang Woo-suk were faked, said Roh Sung-il, who collaborated on the paper.

Dr Hwang wants the US journal Science to withdraw his paper on stem cell cloning, Mr Roh said.

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