Engineering a Biomedical Revolution in China

Scientific American | January 02, 2019

For the past 20 years, French neuroscientist Erwan Bezard has spent at least one week every two months in Beijing. Bezard makes the long journey from France to visit the primates bred in Chinese labs. China has become the top destination for research involving these animals, which are invaluable models for studying human disease. Other countries do not breed the primates in such large numbers or to the standard produced in China.
“Some 95% of papers using transgenic monkeys come from China,” says Bezard, director of the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Bordeaux, and manager of his own lab at the Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Among recent breakthroughs, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have genetically modified cynomolgus monkeys so they exhibit autistic-like behaviors, to better understand what causes the disorder, and how to treat it.

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Congratulations to the NM MESA teams at the 2016 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition in Ogden Utah. Red Mountain MS and Deming HS won 1st Overall in both Middle school and High school classifications. Here they are competing in the object relocation challenge.

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Congratulations to the NM MESA teams at the 2016 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition in Ogden Utah. Red Mountain MS and Deming HS won 1st Overall in both Middle school and High school classifications. Here they are competing in the object relocation challenge.

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