China Gets into the Genetic Breakthrough Business

April 29, 2016

(CNN) – Today, scientists across China have access to the latest tools, including CRISPR, a new method of genetic engineering developed in the West that allows scientists to edit DNA with precision and relative ease. “One of the most important elements of CRISPR development in China is scale,” Larson said. “It’s being deployed in many different ways, in many different labs.” Faster beagles, cashmere goats with more muscle mass and hair, and even adorable pet micro-pigs have been genetically engineered by scientists across China using the genome editing tool. In 2014, researchers there were the first to show how CRISPR can be used in primates.

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