China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has recently made public that it issued a fine to Chinese gene giant BGI in 2015 for cooperating with UK University of Oxford on a genomics research project targeting Chinese people. The project allegedly involved delivering gene data of Chinese residents abroad over the internet.

BGI responded to inquiries in a filing on October 28 by saying that the Chinese DNA sequencing project, which involved genomic data of 140,000 female Chinese citizens, was conducted by a Chinese research and development team within the country, and therefore did not risk any data going overseas.

The company added that the gene data was collected under the consent of residents who have agreed to contribute the sample and data for scientific research. Only group analysis results were published. The resident identity and data are kept confidential, according to the announcement.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.