Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Like a Greek tragedy brought to life...

In the latest chapter of a messy scientific divorce, biologist Gerald Schatten has asked his former collaborator, Woo Suk Hwang, to retract a celebrated stem-cell paper published under both their names. ...

Now Schatten says he has further concerns: not about the ethics of the research, but about the validity of the results. (Source)

This illustrates a timeless truth. People who are ethically challenged in large things (ie. respect for the dignity of human life) are generally going to be ethically challenged in small things (like telling the truth).

Hwang, by all accounts a smart man, has just become another textbook example of human hubris, pride and the fall from grace that inevitably follows.

There is no joy in pointing this out. It only proves how silly and stubborn human nature can be...making the same mistakes, over and over and over again.