Germany Taking Seriously Report on China's BGI Collecting Gene Data: Spokesman

By Reuters Staff

July 12, 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany takes seriously a report that China's BGI Genomics is passing personal DNA data to Chinese authorities and is discussing the matter with the relevant Berlin ministries and the European Commission, a health ministry spokesperson said.

BGI, which sells prenatal tests around the world developed them in collaboration with the country's military and is using them to collect genetic data from millions of women for sweeping research on the traits of populations, a Reuters review of scientific papers and company statements found.

The Reuters investigation was published online on July 7 (https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/health-china-bgi-dna/).

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