Beginning to Pay Off

China's investment in biotech is beginning to pay off, Reuters reports.

China's funding for biotech quadrupled to $191 billion in 2005 to 2013 while its Thousand Talents Program also lured Chinese researchers working abroad to return, and this, Reuters says, enabled "China to jump quickly on promising new technologies, often first developed elsewhere."

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