Week of Firsts- Fact of the Day (9/28)

In the areas of science and medicine, the first person to clone the HIV virus was Flossie Wong-Staal.  Because of this groundbreaking accomplishment, she was able to determine the function of its genes as well as help prove that HIV was the cause of AIDS. In 2002, Discover Magazine named Wong-Staal one of the fifty most extraordinary women scientists; and in 2007, the Daily Telegraph designated her as #32 of “The Top 100 Living Geniuses” list.