posted on Dec, 23 2005 @ 01:23 PM
What this researcher did was reprehensible.
Hwang was not some obscure person who claims he can clone humans, he was scientist with good reputation and what's more interesting for a year
whole world believed the humans can be cloned.
For what its worth, thats a darned short time. A year? In order to verify any of the claims made in his paper, other researchers would have to
- Receive it via access to the journal is was printed in
- Read it
- Think about it
- Discuss it with fellow researchers, including Hwang himself
- Figure out if its something that they can verify by replicating
- Work out the experiment
- Get funding
- Finish the other projects that they are working on
- Publish their Results
Thats a pretty long list of things to do. A year is not a long time.
This outcome doesn't really affect the scientific community as a whole, there has allways been the strong possibility that some researchers are
immoral and unscrupulous. Hwang ends up being one of them.
very important in science, a scientist with a 'bad rep', people tend to ignore their papers, not trust their results at all,
don't go to their presentations, etc.