China embarks on human genome research plan:
This article was originally published in Clinica
A centre for human genome research has opened at the Institute for Genetics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. The centre hopes to sequence up to two million base pairs within two years, with the aim of identifying and mapping genes for diseases of particular relevance for the Chinese population. The Chinese government plans to set up a network of 30 human genome research centres all over the country and will invest around Yuan250 million ($30 million) in this area of research over the next three years. It aims to find at least 1,000 disease-linked genes by 2001, reports the Xinhua news agency.