Jerry Yang, scientist and cloner
Xiangzhong “Jerry” Yang, a stem cell scientist who successfully cloned
the first farm animal in the United States, has died. He was 49.
Yang, director of the Center for Regenerative Biology at the University
of Connecticut, died Thursday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
after a long battle with cancer, school spokesman David Bauman said.
In 1999, the China-born Yang put UConn on the world’s scientific map
when a Holstein named Amy was born in Storrs. She was the first cloned
farm animal in the United States. The world’s first cloned animal was
Dolly the sheep, created in 1996 in Scotland.
Yang died before achieving one of his dreams: the cloning of a human
embryo for potentially lifesaving stem cells.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.