Woo Suk Hwang looks for paper retraction...
Not sure how many of you are following this:Seems that Hwang has buckled under the scrutiny and asked for his breakthrough paper to be retracted.
Whether or not he actually falsified any data is going to be a subject of deep investigation, I imagine, and this whole debacle will probably serve as an example to future generations of scientists.
It again brings up the importance of ethics and honesty in science; in all areas, data falsification is a big problem and needs to be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Science is not immune to the failings of humans, and that's why this sort of scrutiny is necessary.
Of course, one might make a case that this is an example of petty feuding; this really started when one US scientist asked for his name to be withdrawn from the paper, leading to this shitstorm. I can see that jealousy might be a factor here, as cutting edge research is fraught with tense competition, and a lot of less ethical scientists will do nearly anything to discredit the "opposition." The competitive aspect of research fields has many beneficial side effects, but sometimes it seems as though the negative aspects can overshadow that.
What do people think about this whole situation, and what about its ethical implications? Since Scott and Rym aren't scientists by trade, perhaps we can get a good forum discussion going to supplement the 'cast.