It was revised several times and a new revised version is under … If the research had been sound, it would have been one of the most important developments in biomedicine in the 21 st century. It would have brought money and glory to South Korea and could have earned Hwang a Nobel Prize. South Korea all but put stem cell research into the deep freeze after a pre-eminent scientist, Hwang Woo-suk, was found guilty of fraud for his work in the field in 2005. The Bioethics and Safety Act is the main law which regulates human stem cell research. The Stem Cell Research Center (SCRC) aims to understand the fate transition phenomena … However, this Act does not include all the fields of biomedical research and some provisions were not clear. Stem-Cell Research in South Korea Creates Controversy Many scientists believe cloned embryonic stem cells have enormous potential for understanding and treating diseases. After Hwang's scandal, there have been heated debates about the revision of the Bioethics and Safety Act. The human embryonic stem cell research scandal is the most significant episode of fraudulent research since the Piltdown Man, because the stakes were so high. It took effect on 1 January 2005.