China establishes (another) national genebank

China established its first national gene bank on Friday in south China’s city of Shenzhen with the support of the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), officials said. With the establishment of the National Gene Bank in Shenzhen, China will be able to better protect, research and utilize its precious genetic resources, boosting the genetics industry and safeguarding the country’s genetic information, said Qi Chengyuan, head of the high-tech industry department of the National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC).

Eh? What does that make CAAS’s National Crop Gene Bank? And the genebank at the Kunming Institute of Botany, China’s largest, apparently? What are they? Chopped liver?1

Genebank bubble indeed.

  1. Or should that be, as Jeremy suggested, chop suey. []

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