China Is Genetically Engineering Monkeys With Brain Disorders To Better Understand Autism

China Is Genetically Engineering Monkeys With Brain Disorders To Better Understand Autism

At a facility in Guangdong province, researchers are tinkering with monkey brains in order to understand the most severe forms of autism. Guoping Feng applied to college the first year that Chinese universities reopened after the Cultural Revolution. It was 1977, and more than a decade’s worth of students—5.7 million—sat for the entrance exams. Feng was the only one in his high school to get in. He was assigned—by chance, essentially—to medical school. Like most of his contemporaries with scientific ambitions, he soon set his sights on graduate studies in the United States. “China was really like 30 to 50 years behind,”...

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