Chinese genetic giant BGI has been found to have collected genetic data from pregnant women through their maternity tests and shared the information with the Chinese military, and so far, more than 8 million women worldwide have undergone prenatal testing by BGI.
According to a Reuters investigation, UWBGI’s prenatal testing is one of the most popular maternity tests in the world, and is the company’s source of genetic data. The data was sold to 52 countries, and although the personal information did not include the name of the mother, there was information on nationality, height, weight, etc.
According to Reuters, UW Genetics is working with the Chinese military to improve “population quality” and conduct genetic research to solve soldiers’ hearing problems and overcome high-altitude environments; so far, more than 8 million women worldwide have undergone prenatal testing by UW Genetics. So far, more than 8 million women around the world have received prenatal testing from UWM. UWM would not disclose how many foreign mothers have used the maternity services, but only admitted to collecting relevant data from the Chinese population.
U.S. government advisors warned in March that UW Genetics was using the vast amount of genetic data collected and analyzed by AI to obtain the largest and most diverse human genome for China, thereby gaining a strategic military advantage, and possibly a “soldier of base change”. “or harmful genetic engineering of American people and food.
Reuters mentioned that one of the studies by UW Genetics used military supercomputers to analyze the data and pick out Tibetan and Uighur minorities to find out their genetic characteristics, that the company stored all the DNA data collected in a genetic database funded by the Chinese government, and that some mothers said they did not know about it beforehand, and that if they had known that their genetic data would be used, they would have been able to find out about it. The company stores all the DNA data collected in a genetic database funded by the Chinese government, and some mothers say they did not know about it beforehand and would not have chosen the company’s maternity services had they known their genetic data would be collected.
In addition, the company has established 80 laboratories in 30 countries and regions this year for the Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19), which will be used for “reproductive health screening”. The U.S. security agency warned that “this is part of a program to collect large amounts of foreign DNA,” but UWM denied it, saying it would not collect DNA data from test subjects.