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Flossie Wong-Staal was born in China. No woman in her family had ever
worked outside the home or been interested in science. In spite of this,
Flossie Wong-Staal in high school became increasingly interested in
biology. To attend college she emigrated to the United States to major
in molecular biology at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Upon earning her
Ph.D. Dr. Wong-Staal took a research position at the National Cancer
Institute. There she co-discovered how to clone the HIV virus that is
the precursor to AIDS. This discovery allowed Dr. Wong-Staal to map
out the virus's structure, as well as allowed others to create the HIV
Now at the University
of California at San Diego, Flossie Wong-Staal has continued researching
AIDS. In 1990 she was selected by the Institute for Scientific Information
as the top woman scientist of the past decade and the fourth-ranking
scientist of either gender under age 45.
of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
- Florence Riford
Chair in AIDS Research at the University of California at San Diego
Discover, December 1991, pp. 16-17
Los Angeles Times, November 11, 1992
San Diego Union-Tribune, November 11, 1992, p. C1
Sunday Newsday, November 17, 1991, pp. 4-5
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