BBC Cites Fraudulent Embryonic Stem Cell Research as True in News
by Steven Ertelt
June 1, 2006
London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Though the embryonic stem cell
research conducted by the South Korean team of scientists led by
Hwang Woo-suk was falsified and has been repeatedly disclaimed,
the BBC continues to highlight it in news stories and links on
its web site.
In an article today about three members of Congress bashing the
U.S. for not funding embryonic stem cell research, the BBC
includes a sidebar graphic detailing advances in stem cell
research over the years.
The last two bullet points include a 2004 notation saying "South
Korean scientists clone 30 human embryos and develop them over
several days" and a 2005 note claiming "Korean team develops stem
cells tailored to match individual patients."
Both claims are false and the scientific journal Nature, which
printed articles on both topics, has revoked the papers because
the research was completely faked.
In addition, investigations by the South Korean government, Seoul
National University, and an independent team of scientists, all
concluded that the South Korean team never cloned human embryos
and never made patient-specific embryonic stem cells.
LifeNews.com emailed the BBC for comment about the erroneous
sidebar but has not received a response.
The BBC also highlights old news articles with the erroneous
research claims in a list of related news articles.
Under a list of related topics, the first BBC story listed covers
the supposedly patient-specific stem cells and a second details
the fake claims of cloning a human embryo. Both were written
prior to the revelations that the research was falsified and no
stories are listed covering the exposure of the faked research.
The BBC also links to a Q&A document it produced on "cloned human
Created in May 2005, before the South Korean scandal over the
fake research erupted, it goes on at length to tout the falsified
research. It also claims the women who donated their eggs for the
South Korean research consenting in doing so, even though they
are in the middle of a lawsuit saying otherwise.
ACTION: Contact the BBC and urge it to revise its news stories
and related links to accurately cover the falsification of
embryonic stem cell research advances. You can send feedback via
their web site at
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