26 Oct 2009

Korea cloning scientist convicted of fraud

8:29 pm on 26 October 2009

A court in South Korea has convicted a disgraced cloning scientist of fraud over his stem-cell research.

Hwang Woo-suk's work had raised hopes of finding cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's, the BBC reports.

But his research was declared bogus in 2005 and the 56-year-old was put on trial the following year for embezzlement and accepting money under false pretences.

He will be sentenced at a later hearing.

Hwang's research, which purported to create the world's first cloned dog, made him a South Korean hero until revelations that it was fabricated shocked the nation.