Chi­na's DNA gi­ant con­fronts skep­ti­cism in US ex­pan­sion bid

Illustration: Assistant editor Kathy Wong for Endpoints News

At the turn of the 21st century, four Chinese scientists formed an organization that thrust their country’s nascent DNA sequencing industry onto the world stage.

The organization, Beijing Genomics Institute, participated in the Human Genome Project, an international mission that produced a genetic blueprint of humankind. Beijing Genomics Institute, which in 2007 moved its headquarters to Shenzhen and rebranded as BGI Group, further demonstrated its scientific chops by sequencing the genomes of rice and even a giant panda.

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