Earmouse made under the direction of Cao Yilin in 2001.
That’s right, he’s done it again folks! Professor Cao Yilin is the chief director of the Shanghai Key Laboratory of Tissue Engineering at Jiaotong University, as well as a plastic surgeon at No. 9 People’s Hospital, and he’s been growing human ears on mice since before Justin Bieber was born. He eventually won fame and fortune in 2001 and received 300 million yuan (US$47 million) in research funding as a result. But now he’s come under fire from former colleagues who claim his earmice weren’t REAL earmice… or something. From Shanghai Daily:
Shang Qingxin, Cao’s postgraduate classmate and previous colleague, now says that Cao implanted polymer material scaffolding instead of cartilage on the mouse.
Shang and others charged that the fake “ear mouse” helped Cao win huge amounts of funding for his research, which turned out to be fruitless and a waste of the country’s resources.
While Cao Yilin may not have pioneered the science (that honor goes to a Charles Vacanti, and according to Wikipedia these mice are called “Vacanti mice”) he certainly wont stand for charges of creating a shanzhai earmouse. So in self defense, he simply found more mice and grew more ears! He submitted a new earmouse last week, and he now awaits confidently for the results from a state investigation.
The haters are ruining his chances to join the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where Cao was named a supplementary candidate in May, but his name has since disappeared from the latest candidate list in light of the scandal. These accusers, if they truly are making it up, are also harming the legitimacy of claims made by all academic fraud watchdogs, including China’s beloved science cop, Fang Zhuozi.