The return capsule from Shijian 8 – the world’s first satellite designed for mutation breeding – will bring back the results of the experiment. Photo: Weibo

Countdown starts for China’s big mutant crop space mission in race for food security

  • Life forms will be sent up to induce variations not possible on Earth in a reusable satellite that will cut the huge cost of such operations
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The return capsule from Shijian 8 – the world’s first satellite designed for mutation breeding – will bring back the results of the experiment. Photo: Weibo
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.