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Pulitzer Center Update August 1, 2019

This Week: China and the Gene Editing Revolution

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Gao Caixia’s team grows CRISPR-modified rice strains in experimental paddies near its lab. Image by Stefen Chow. China, 2019.
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China is at the forefront of applying CRISPR, a revolutionary genome editing tool that's speeding...

Chinese farmers work in a rice field in Dali. Image by Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock. China, 2010.
Chinese farmers work in a rice field in Dali. Image by Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock. China, 2010.

China Bets Big on Genome Editing

Jon Cohen

China’s agricultural scientists are investing heavily in CRISPR, a revolutionary genetic editing tool, in hopes of improving the country’s food supply. In the first in a series of Pulitzer Center-supported stories for Science MagazineJon Cohen reports on the Chinese scientists on the vanguard of a revolution in food supply. “We have to feed 1.4 billion people with very limited natural resources,” says Li Jiayang, former president of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing and vice minister of agriculture.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is accused of being the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, in an image provided by his defense lawyers. United States, 2019.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is accused of being the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, in an image provided by his defense lawyers. United States, 2019.

Did the Use of Torture Taint 9/11 Confessions?

Carol Rosenberg

Defense lawyers for alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed argue that his confessions are tainted because they were obtained using the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation,” which the Obama Administration denounced as torture. If the confessions are thrown out, prosecutors may have trouble convicting Mohammed and other suspects. In a Pulitzer Center-supported story for The New York TimesCarol Rosenberg reports on the complications of prosecuting terrorism detainees who were tortured.

The Casa Taft 169 which was renovated in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image by Isabel Sophia Dieppa. Puerto Rico, 2019.
The Casa Taft 169 which was renovated in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image by Isabel Sophia Dieppa. Puerto Rico, 2019.

Opportunity Zones Drive Gentrification in Puerto Rico

Isabel Sophia Dieppa

The Puerto Rican government is using so-called opportunity zones to encourage economic development in San Juan’s poorest neighborhoods. Attracted by low tax rates, investors from outside the island territory are purchasing low-income properties and converting them into rental units for tourists, driving up rents for local residents. Isabel Sophia Dieppa reports on Puerto Rico’s tourism-driven gentrification in a Pulitzer Center-supported story for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. The base's detention camps are numbered based on the order in which they were built, not their order of precedence or level of security. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem. Cuba, 2018. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
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Carol Rosenberg has covered the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and related news since...

A row of houses in Guayama, destroyed and unfixed six months after Hurricane Maria. Image by Isabel S. Dieppa. Puerto Rico, 2017.
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In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, land in Puerto Rico is more vulnerable than ever to...

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