The Future of Stem Cell Research, The Aftermath of Outright Fraud

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Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk really did clone Snuppy the puppy, but his claim of creating stem cells from human patients turned out to be faked. His admission of fraud cast doubt on predictions that stem cell research might lead to treatments or cures of human diseases. It's also cast doubt on the credibility of Science magazine, which published his claim. America's Catholic Bishops are among those now ridiculing stem cell research itself as the chasing of "miracle cures" for the most feared diseases. We hear what the Korean disaster could mean for medical science in the United States, talk to a British researcher who wants to implant human cells in the embryos of rabbits and hear objections to stem cell research from a scientific perspective.
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