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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