Who's afraid of the big (fake?) wolf clone?
South Korean researchers who claim to have cloned two wolves have been called into question by fellow scientists who spotted errors in their data. The other scientists started an online firestorm which led to their cloning claim being investigated. The wolves' blood, along with that of their mother (the egg donor) is being tested.
The team faces further scrutiny, since their project leader Dr. Lee was on the research team of Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk, who was found to have faked results on human stem cell research.
The wolf cloning team is suspected of using erroneous data to inflate their claims of having created two cloned wolves, a university statement said.
The results - published in the scientific journal Cloning and Stem Cells - may contain false DNA information, the statement continued.
Lee Byeong-chun, a veterinary professor and leader of the research, announced last month that his team had succeeded in cloning the two wolves, named Snuwolf and Snuwolffy.