Thursday, February 25, 2016

Chinese pursue GMO for agriculture

Chinese researchers are working to perfect Crispr, a tool for easier and more accurate gene transfers, because they want to create GMO crops, livestocks and medicines.

They’re aiming for leaner pork, fungus-resistant wheat, disease-resistant tomatoes and soybeans with higher oil content.

Crispr technology has revolutionized what was once a time-consuming, pricey and inaccurate process, and scientists and businesses worldwide are seeking to capitalize on this emerging technique. The expertise the Chinese groups are developing positions them to eventually challenge U.S. gene-editing companies, some of which have raised millions in venture capital.