With its CRISPR Revolution, China Becomes a World Leader in Genome Editing

Editing of plant, animal, and human genomes has never been easier, as this country’s scientists are rapidly demonstrating.

For many people, CRISPR plus China equals the biophysicist He Jiankui, who infamously used the genome editor last year to alter the DNA of two human embryos that would become twin girls. Before his announcement, He was little-known within the country’s CRISPR community, which has grown rapidly and is now challenging—and by some measures surpassing—the United States in its use of the powerful tool.

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