Chinese Gene Lab Denies Leak Involving Data of 100,000 Pregnant Women

Chinese Gene Lab Denies Leak Involving Data of 100,000 Pregnant Women

In response to an inquiry by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange this week, the Beijing Genomics Institute said that it had done nothing wrong in its collection of samples from over 100,000 pregnant women, and there had been no leak of genetic data stored in the China National GeneBank in Shenzhen.

The gene bank confirmed that it had collected a large number of samples for its Big Data Research on Genes from Millions of People, but assured that the subjects had given their consent to be part of the study.

However, it was noted that in 2015, the BGI was involved in a data dispute when it conducted a study with its partners Huashan Hospital and the University of Oxford on Chinese women who were treated for major depression. The center reportedly leaked the personal information of the subjects online and destroyed the data after stopping the study.

Source: Yicai Global

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