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Uighurs: U.S. DNA expertise helps China crackdown

AXIOS FUTURE Steve Levine

An Uighur woman holding the Chinese flag. Photo: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

 

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"Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control," the N.Y. Times Sui-Lee Wee reports.

Details, per NYT:

"China wants to make the country’s Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, more subservient to the Communist Party.""Collecting genetic material is a key part of China’s campaign ...

[A] DNA database could be used to chase down any Uighurs who resist conforming."

"[S]cientists affiliated with China’s police used equipment made by [Massachusetts-based] Thermo Fisher [and] relied on genetic material from people around the world that was provided by [Yale geneticist] Kenneth Kidd."

Go deeper:

US company Thermo Fisher to stop selling China equipment to build Uighur DNA database(The Guardian)

China: Minority Region Collects DNA from Millions(Human Rights Watch)

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