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Project July 29, 2019

The Chinese CRISPR 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.
Gao Caixia’s team grows CRISPR-modified rice strains in experimental paddies near its lab. Image by Stefen Chow. China, 2019.

China is at the forefront of applying CRISPR, a revolutionary genome editing tool that's speeding progress in agriculture, biomedicine, and animal models. This package of print and audio stories explores every facet of CRISPR in China, much of which remains underreported, as well as the complex issues surrounding the regulations, oversight, investment, ethics, intellectual property, and the law. Specific stories focus on agriculture, the first clinical trial of a CRISPR medical therapeutic, animal studies related to organ transplants, and embryo editing.

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