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Australia needs to consider gene tech

A PROMINENT expert in livestock genetics has expressed a concern that Australia, along with many Western nations, faces the risk of falling behind China in terms of advancing food production through gene editing.

Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, who leads a team in animal biotechnology and genomics program at the University of California said that China is becoming the dominant player in the use of gene editing, something that may become increasingly important as the world faces increasing food security concerns.

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