In today’s talking points, Chinese investors back Aussie baby product review site,Chinese scientists produce genetically-enhanced human vascular cells, and Mega-popular Chinese Reality Show has a date in Rockingham.


Chinese Investors Back Aussie Baby Product Review Site

Australian baby product review website, Tell Me Baby, will expand into China this year, having already raised over 700,000 U.S. dollars from Chinese investors.

“Tell Me Baby” was established in 2016 as a place for parents to share product reviews directly with other parents, so far proving hugely successful as an online community in Australia. Mat Colborn who owns and operates the site with his wife Julia, told Xinhua that the couple plan to launch their overseas operation during this year’s Lunar New Year festival.

“The cross border ecommerce space is really where we are looking,” Colburn said.

“Building a bridge between Australia and China.” Colborn said, “We’re helping to promote the Australian baby product industry to China, a lot of baby brands are obviously looking at that as a big market,”

Now, with growing demand in China for trusted Australian products, the Coburns are grasping the opportunity to benefit both consumers and retailers. With 17 million babies born in China every year compared to about 250,000 in Australia, it’s a huge market and huge potential for Australian brands.

Colburn said that representatives from Tell Me Baby will attend the Child Baby Maternity Expo (CBME), the world’s largest infant expo, in Shanghai later in the year.


Source: Xinhua News


Chinese Scientists Produce Genetically-enhanced Human Vascular Cells

Chinese scientists produced the world’s first genetically-engineered human blood vessel cells, providing a promising option for therapeutic use.

The study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell showed that human vascular cell function can be enhanced by editing a single longevity-related gene.

Scientists from the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Peking University and the Institute of Zoology of CAS targeted a gene called FOXO3, an important regulator to delay cellular aging, resist stresses and enhance cardiovascular balance.

Compared with those of wildtype cells, the genetically-enhanced vascular cells could efficiently promote vascular repair and regeneration, increasing resistance to oxygen-causing injury, according to the study.

The technique can also resist the cells’ transformation into tumors. The risk of tumor transformation used to be a major concern for the application of the gene-editing technology.

The researchers tested it in a mouse model with blood-shortage or ischemic injury and found that those cells promoted vascular regeneration and resisted tumor transformation both in vitro and in vivo.

They expected to use gene-editing strategies in the future to produce high-quality, safe human vascular cell grafts in a large-scale and standardized manner.


Source: Xinhua News


Mega-popular Chinese Reality Show Has a Date in Rockingham

One of the biggest reality television shows in China found its way to the Rockingham foreshore yesterday, delivering WA tourism an advertising gift potentially worth at least $500 million.

It appears that this year Australia is the location for the wive’s vacation, which reportedly took them to the areas of Rockingham, Rottnest Island and Busselton.

More than 1.6 billion people tuned into the first season of Viva La Romance and those eyes will be on WA after Hunan TV — one of China’s biggest broadcasters — finished a four-day shoot for an episode of season two last night.

Local government officials hope that when the show goes to air, the exposure will be a boost for Chinese visit to the region, which is sometimes overlooked by international travellers favouring the east coast. “Tourism WA will be working with Chinese travel agents to convert the exposure into bookings,” WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia told local media.


Source: The West Australian