July 29, 2021

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Reuters exclusively reports prenatal test developed with Chinese military stores gene data

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Reuters exclusively reported that a prenatal test taken by millions of pregnant women globally was developed by Chinese gene company BGI Group in collaboration with the Chinese military and is being used by the firm to collect genetic data. The Reuters report is the first to reveal that the company collaborated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to develop and improve the test, taken in early pregnancy, as well as the scope of BGI’s storage and analysis of the data. The United States sees BGI’s efforts to collect and analyze human gene data as a national security threat.

Article Tags

Topics of Interest: Health

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Regions: Asia

Countries: China

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Major Global Story