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The three-year-long trial of South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-Suk continues as the prosecutors ask that Hwang be given a four-year prison term. Hwang is being tried for embezzlement and for violating bioethics laws. "He fabricated research outputs to show off his performances," a prosecutor said, according to the Korea Times.

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