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South Korea's top court rejects appeal by disgraced stem cell scientist

Published on Feb 27, 2014 7:35 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's top court on Thursday upheld a suspended jail term on a disgraced scientist whose claims of stem-cell breakthroughs rocked the scientific world until his research was found to be fake.

The Supreme Court's ruling wrapped up an eight-year legal battle by Hwang Woo Suk, who was convicted of embezzling research funds and of ethical lapses in obtaining human eggs for experiments.

Hwang, 61, had received a two-year sentence, suspended for three years, in 2009. A year later, an appeals court reduced the penalty, imposing an 18-month sentence suspended for two years.

The Supreme Court upheld the appeal court's decision, ruling that Hwang should be punished for undermining the credibility of the scientific world with faked research.

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