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The IDEESE Recruitment of Egg Donors by South Korean Stem Cell Researchers Case Study includes a situation summary and appendices. THERE ARE A LOT OF READING MATERIALS. We do not expect instructors and students to read through all our resources. Instead, we expect instructors to assign the most appropriate appendices to their students according to their classroom goals. The remaining materials can be used as optional reading assignments for students who want to explore the subject matter in more depth or from a different angle.

Although the case study may be incorporated into your existing syllabi, IDEESE also offers teaching modules that help to focus the case on various dimensions of international ethics.

We especially recommend using this case to teach Transnational Diffusion of Ideas and Practices

Instructors can download presentation slides for use in the classroom here.

Finally, we also welcome feedback on our case materials. Please contact the Program Manager at mgoncalves @ pubpol . umass . edu with your comments or suggestions.



adobeCase-Situation Summary: The situation summary is the detailed case study on the controversy surrounding Dr. Hwang Woo-suk's recruitment of egg donors for his team's stem cell research from 2002 through 2005.

adobeCase Contents: This file outlines the contents for the entire case study. It should serve as a cover page if all materials are printed out and act as a guide for instructors in choosing which appendices to assign.


Instructors should select and assign appendices appropriate to the module or learning objectives for the class session.

adobeAppendix A: Chronology This document outlines the major events associated with the stem cell egg donation scandal from 1985 to 2009.


adobeAppendix B: Bibliography This document contains resources on Korean laws and regulations, international ethics codes, sources on Hwang’s team’s conduct regarding donors, Sources on ethical treatment of egg donors, and comments on the Hwang scandal.


adobeAppendix C: South Korean Regulations This document contains excerpts from Korean laws and regulations relevant to the case study.


adobeAppendix D: International Ethical Standards This document contains resources on international standards of ethical practices that are relevant to the case study.

Instructors: Use these sample presentation slides during your class:

slidesOpen OfficePresentation Slides [46KB, PowerPoint] [Impress]: These slides are designed for instructor use in the classroom. They provide a general overview of the case and encourage students to discuss those international dimensions of ethics identified through their readings. The slides ONLY address the case study and should be modified to incorporate the IDEESE module you pair the case with.



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Funding for the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0734887. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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