Tong Dizhou

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Tong Dizhou (Chinese: 童第周) (28 May 1902 - 30 March 1979) was a Chinese embryologist remembered for his work in cloning. He was the former vice president of Chinese Academy of Science

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Born in Yinxian, Zhejiang province, Tong graduated from Fudan University in 1924 with a degree in psychology. He received a PhD in 1930 from Free University Brussels (ULB).

In 1963, Tong put DNA of a male carp into the egg of a female carp and became the first to successfully clone a fish.[1] He is regarded as "the father of China's clone".

Tong was also an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the first director of its Institute of Oceanology from its beginning in 1950 until 1978.

References[change | change source]

  1. Liao L, Li L, Zhao RC (June 2007). "Stem cell research in China". Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci. 362 (1482): 1107–12. doi:10.1098/rstb.2007.2037. PMC 2435574. PMID 17341453.