Science to Retract False Article on Stem Cells

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The journal that published a landmark paper on tailor-made embryonic stem cells -- a study since debunked as a fabrication -- said this week it would retract the article.

An expert panel in South Korea said Thursday that Hwang Woo Suk and his team provided no data to prove that they had made the stem cells, as they claimed in an article published in Science. In an editorial statement, the journal said “there is no question in our minds” that the May 2005 paper “needs to be retracted” and that it was working on the wording. The journal said it was also taking measures to ensure the work was struck from the academic record.