In 1985, Wong-Staal became the first person to clone HIV and to generate a genetic mapping of the virus which would be used for the research and design of treatments for AIDS.

Flossie Wong-Staal

KEYWORDS: Yee Ching Wong, Flossie Wong-Staal, AIDS, HIV

SHE THOUGHT IT

Flossie Wong-Staal is a Chinese-American scientist who holds a bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology (1968) and a PhD in Molecular Biology (1972) both from the University of California in Los Angeles. Her professional career in a laboratory started in the early 1970s when she joined the National Cancer Institute and began working with a pioneer scientist in the field of AIDS, Robert Gallo, with whom she researched retroviruses: “single-stranded RNA viruses that produce reverse transcriptase by means of which DNA is produced using their RNA as a template and incorporated into the genome of infected cells, that are often tumorigenic, and that include the lentiviruses (… Continue Reading (12 minute read)

4 thoughts on “In 1985, Wong-Staal became the first person to clone HIV and to generate a genetic mapping of the virus which would be used for the research and design of treatments for AIDS.”

  1. t3hd0n

    The article doesn’t get technical, what’s the difference between cloning a virus and letting it replicate?

  2. joawmeens

    This lady made MORE HIV?!

    And we’re celebrating it?! /s

  3. roryandjess

    Those of you making jokes about her name in this thread are somehow being both dumb and racist, an accomplishment in itself

  4. mangolimon3

    I accidentally went into the handicapped toilet.

    It was the Wong-Staal.

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