If the births take place, it will mark the first time that cloned dogs have reproduced successfully, according to lead researcher Lee Byung-Chun.
“The second generation of cloned animals used to be malformed but we have not found any abnormal aspects about the fetuses so far," Lee said, indicating that ultrasonic tests show the fetuses are healthy.
The published stories have caused an angry reaction from authorities at the Seoul National University which has a strict policy against releasing research results to the press before publication in academic papers. This policy came about after another cloning expert, Wang Woo-Suk, was caught faking results of stem cell research.
"This is a breach of school regulations against releasing experiment results to the press before completing relevant academic papers," Kook Yang, the research department head, told journalists.
“The university will discipline Lee,” he said. source
Kind of makes us wonder about researchers playing God when they seem to be publicity whores who can’t follow the rules of human ethics.