And exactly how many of these 30% are actually in service and being used? My guess is 1–2% max. If it is anything like China’s investment in high end food and clinical diagnostics instrumentation it is mostly for show. Big splashy statistics about numbers of instruments placed, companies founded, etc. cannot hide the sad fact that China still lags behind the West in all areas of biology, including genomics. It is interesting to ponder why, of all the sciences, biology seems one of the most, if not the most, problematic from a Chinese science achievement perspective. Perhaps because of all the sciences it is the least calculable, the most unpredictable. On the other hand, it may simply be because they got a late start in terms of serious investment in research in the field. I have little doubt China will eventually reach a level of prominence in biology as it has in some of the other sciences but spending ungodly sums of money alone won’t get the job done.

Also, using made up and/or out of context quotes from an unnamed “FBI agent” does not look good from a legitimacy of story perspective. It is a fine enough article with plenty of actual facts to bolster the argument being made. No need to sully the proceedings with that garbage.

Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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