South Korea’s top university said Tuesday it has commissioned tests on more cell samples taken from scientist Hwang Woo-suk’s lab amid reports that earlier results vindicated his claim to have created stem cells individually tailored to patients.

The investigation panel at Seoul National University has asked three outside labs to conduct the DNA tests to determine whether Hwang was ever able to develop a colony of stem cells from a cloned embryo as he claimed in a May article in the journal Science.