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Washington, Feb. 7 – China-born Xiangzhong “Jerry” Yang, one of the top cloning scientists in the world, died late Thursday after a long battle with cancer, local media reported Friday.
The University of Connecticut scientist died before accomplishing one of his dreams — the cloning of a human embryo for potentially-life saving stem cells.
Born in China and educated in Cornell University, Dr. Yang, is one of the foremost animal biotechnologists in the world. He joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut as an associate professor of animal science and head of the Biotechnology Center’s Transgenic Animal Facility in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2000.
In 2001, he was named founding director of University of Connecticut’s new Center for Regenerative Biology, overseeing five new faculty lines investigating basic science in the field of regenerative biology and medicine.
Dr. Yang was an advocate for human embryonic stem cell research. His 1999 cloning of a Holstein cow brought the university to national prominence. Amy was the first cloned first animal in the United States.