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China Builds a Faster Beagle in Gene-Editing Race With U.S.

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U.S. companies racing to develop a promising gene editing technology are up against a formidable competitor -- the Chinese government.

China has long set its heart on building an expertise in genomics and its government is pouring funds into a new -- and sometimes controversial tool -- called Crispr, encouraging its researchers to advance the technology. Chinese scientists say they were among the first in using Crispr to make wheat resistant to a common fungal disease, dogs more muscular and pigs with leaner meat.