Use of stem cell eggs re-ignites fierce debate in South Korea

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The use of fresh egg cells in stem cell research, banned in Korea for years, is being hotly debated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

The use of fresh eggs in SCNT was made illegal in Korea after 2005, when Hwang Woo-suk, a veterinarian and a former professor at Seoul National University, was found to have fabricated evidence and even bought human eggs for his stem-cell research.

After the scandal, the Bioethics and Safety Act made revisions to limit the type of egg cells that can be used in SCNT to include frozen eggs nearing their expiration date…

But among some scientists and officials of the Ministry of Future Planning, this regulation is a major hindrance for Korea’s stem cell research community. Yoon and the supporters of the use of fresh egg cells in stem cell research are concerned that Korea may be lagging behind in stem cell research.

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