DAEJEON– In Hwang Woo-suk’s hometown area of South Chungcheong province, landmarks built to commemorate and support the Korean geneticist¡¯s achievements are being destroyed. Furthermore, plans to build more have been cancelled.
Hong Yeong-pyo, chief of the Hwang Woo-suk exhibit at the National Science Museum, announced that ¡°all materials related to Mr. Hwang will be removed.¡± The museum first opened an exhibit last April, when Dr. Hwang¡¯s popularity was at its peak. It included his lecture tapes, a wall-size board with his achievements in animal cloning and experimenting with two germ-free pigs. Since a university panel concluded that his major work was fraudulent, things have changed.
At the Daedeok science town in Daejeon, plans for a main street to be named ¡°Hwang Woo-suk Road¡± have been cancelled.
The government of South Chungcheong province also scrapped plans to support Mr. Hwang¡¯s research team. A pig farm in Hongseong had been used for his research. The farm had been providing pigs for Mr. Hwang¡¯s experiments before the scientist¡¯s public fall. South Chungcheong province had announced last November that it would build a memorial center for Mr. Hwang on the premises of the Hongseoung pig farm, but these plans have been scrapped as well.
by Kim Bang-hyeon for JoongAng Ilbo