Biotech. in China
Nature 410, 1 (2001)
“China's hopes and hypes”
The scientific potential of China is great. Recent initiatives
reflect the government's justified ambition for research.
Scientific research in China stands to benefit greatly from a recent
push by the government. ….The possibility of sequencing various
other genomes is being investigated, and post-genomic projects are
becoming widespread…. Universities, especially those of Peking and
Tsinghua … are being developed as hubs of collaboration between
industry and academia. Just two weeks ago, the Ministry of Science
and Technology announced a 15 billion yuan (US$1.8 billion)
investment in civil programmes for research and development.
Sequencing the rice genome in
“A Draft Sequence of the Rice Genome (Oryza sativa L. ssp.
indica)” – (SCIENCE 296, p.79, 2002)
Gane Ka-Shu Wong,1,,24*
We have produced a draft sequence of the rice genome for the most widely cultivated subspecies
in China, Oryza sativa L. ssp.indica, by whole-genome shotgun sequencing. The genome was 466
megabases in size, with an estimated 46,022 to 55,615 genes.
“From standing start to
SCIENCE 296, 36 (2002)
• “The Ferrari-like acceleration from standing start to joining
the join the global front-runners in genomic sequencing is a
tale of timing, determination and hustle.
• Institute director Yang Huanming has made China a
sequencing powerhouse using domestic computers.
• The Beijing Genomic Institute make genomic miracles
Not only food from GM plants
Research is being developed to produce plants that:
1. Resist to biotic and abiotic stresses
2. Produce food with added nutritional value
3. Reduce environment impact of agriculture
4. Produce edible vaccines against deseases and tumours
6. Chemicals for the industry (solar energy vs. oil)
a breakthrough :
The Golden Rice
Engineering the Provitamin A
Pathway into (Carotenoid-free)
Ye X, Al-Babili S, Kloti A, Zhang J, Lucca P, Beyer P,
(Institute of Plant Sciences
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland)
SCIENCE vol. 287, p. 303, year 2000