May 2011

Asian-Pacific American contributions to science


May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. To join in paying tribute to the generations who have enriched America’s history, we have compiled a timeline of noteworthy Asian-Pacific Americans and their contributions to the life sciences. The list is by no means complete, and you should feel free to use the comment feature to add other scientists and their contributions.

It has come to our attention that the TimeRime website that hosts the above timeline created by ASBMB contains other timelines that may not be complete or accurate. Please understand that ASBMB has no control over other timlines published on the site and that we only can modify our "Asian-Pacific American" and "History of Black Scientists" timelines.

Nicole KresgeNicole Kresge ( is the editor of ASBMB Today.

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In 1983, Fu-Kuen Lin was the first to clone the gene for human erythropoietin. His work led directly to the development of the first blockbuster biotech protein therapeutic, anemia drug Epogen, by Amgen, Inc. /s/ Keith Westcott


I was surprised that your article did not include the Wu's. That is Hsien Wu (1893-1959), who invented the first assay for blood sugar (Folin-Wu test) and his son, Ray Wu, who developed the first method for sequencing DNA. The father and son have also made great impact on scientific endeavors in Asia. Xiao-Hong Sun



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