Monday, February 05, 2007

Chinese Gene Not Good Enough for Science

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) recently launched the program offering visiting scholarships to attract top overseas research talents. However, the guideline (in Article 3, Chapter 5, Item 2) goes one step further than relying on the boarder of citizenship, to specifically excluded Chinese descendants even if they were foreign citizens from the project. In other words, bearing a single strip of Chinese gene automatically disqualifies an applicant, regardless his achievements in science. The 1997 sci-fi movie Gattaca comes alive while the defective gene is called Chinese.

The committee overseeing this project is headed by the president of the CAS Lu Yongxiang, co-chaired by deputy president Bai Chunli, deputy president Jiang Mianheng, deputy president Chen Zhu, deputy president Shi Erwei, deputy president Li Jiaxiang, deputy president Li Jinghai, deputy president Cao Jianlin, among eight others. Jiang Mianheng is the son of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin. To apply, contact the CAS at +86 10 6859-7416, FAX +86 10 6851-2364, EMail,

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