South Korean renowned stem cell expert Hwang Woo-suk, who made the first embryonic stem cells genetically matched to living adults, on Thursday admitted using ova donated by his two fellow researchers in his research.
In a depressed tone, the famous professor slowly delivered his apology to South Korean people and announced resignation as head of the World Stem Cell Hub at a press conference held at the Seoul National University (SNU).
The visiting professor of SNU also said he will step down from other positions at state-run and non-governmental agencies, but mainly focus on researching work.
Hwang admitted his two fellow female researchers donated eggs in 2003 under false names, when his epoch-making research suffered from shortage of human ova, reports Xinhua.
According to Washington Post, a national hero in South Korea, Hwang has recently been dogged by international allegations of ethical impropriety that have threatened to severely set back his work. Last month, Hwang launched the Seoul-based World Stem Cell Hub along with several leading scientists in a project aimed at seeking treatments for diseases now incurable.