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China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

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Zhao Bowen in the lab of BGI

Yuan Shuiling / imaginechina

Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ.

Centuries after it led the world in technological prowess—think gunpowder, irrigation and the printed word—China has barged back into the ranks of the great powers in science. With the brashness of a teenager, in some cases literally, China's scientists and inventors are driving a resurgence in potentially world-changing research.

Unburdened by social and legal constraints common in the West, China's trailblazing scientists are also pushing the limits of ethics and principle as they create a new—and to many, worrisome—Wild West in the Far East.

From The Washington Post
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