More on the Hwang Woo Suk scandal

Just a quick set of links:

New York Times’ Gina Kolata has a report about the process by which a paper in Science is retracted.

Via slashdot, we learn of this crazy defence by Hwang Woo Suk; he has the temerity to talk about a long-planned conspiracy.

The most poignant reaction is by Elia Diodati (link via Tangled Bank #44) who identifies the biggest loser in this scandal: no, it’s not Hwang Woo Suk, nor his department/university, nor yet his collaborators. It’s not even the South Korean Pride. Then who?

the little guys slaving 20 hours a day over dimly lit lab benches are the ones who get the brunt of the stigmata. Imagine what it’s like to take the first tentative footsteps into the world of academia/R&D, only to see their graduate careers terminated with alacrity once their advisors commit unpardonable breaches of ethics or make similar blunders like putting all their eggs in a basket and gambling their entire reputation on a research project that simply didn’t pan out.

This is such a shame.


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