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In 2005, researcher Woo-suk Hwang reported that he had made immortal stem cells from human patients. His research was hailed as a breakthrough for people affected by degenerative diseases, because stem cells may be used to repair a person’s own damaged tissues. Hwang published his results in a peer-reviewed journal. In 2006, the journal retracted his paper after other scientists discovered that Hwang’s group had faked their data. Does the incident show that results of scientific studies cannot be trusted? Or does it confirm the usefulness of a scientific approach, because other scientists discovered and exposed the fraud?

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In 2005, researcher Woo-suk Hwang reported that he had made immortal stem cells from human patients. His research was hailed as a breakthrough for people affected by degenerative diseases, because stem cells may be used to repair a person’s own damaged tissues. Hwang published his results in a peer-reviewed journal. In 2006, the journal retracted his paper after other scientists discovered that Hwang’s group had faked their data. Does the incident show that results of scientific studies cannot be trusted? Or does it confirm the usefulness of a scientific approach, because other scientists discovered and exposed the fraud?

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Summary Introduction

To explain: According to the given incident whether the results of the scientific studies cannot be trusted.

Concept introduction:

Scientific approach is the association of techniques for investigating a phenomenon as well as correcting and integrating the previous knowledge. An approach is proved to be scientific when the inquiry method is based on measurable evidence preferred to specific reasoning principles.

Explanation of Solution

The results of the scientific studies are based on a phenomenon, hypothesis, and experimental data. The scientific studies can be trusted because the statement cannot be given acc...

Expert Solution
Summary Introduction

To explain: Whether it is confirmed that the scientific approach is useful because it helped other scientists to discover and expose the fraud in the given incident.

Concept introduction:

Scientific approach is the association of techniques for investigating a phenomenon as well as correcting and integrating the previous knowledge. An approach is proved to be scientific when the inquiry method is based on measurable evidence preferred to specific reasoning principles.

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