18 Chinese Genetics Papers Retracted Over Human Rights Concerns

    18 Chinese Genetics Papers Retracted Over Human Rights Concerns
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    The Facts

    • Wiley's Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine (MGGM) journal has retracted 18 Chinese papers, published between 2019-2021, due to human rights concerns surrounding means of collecting DNA data.

    • Previously, objections raised by University of Leuven (Belgium) Prof. Yves Moreau in 2021 over the ethics and means of DNA collection within MGGM's papers concerning Chinese ethnic minorities led to eight out of the 25 members of MGGM's board to resign.

    The Spin

    Pro-China narrative

    China continues to uphold human rights as an integral foundation of the country’s value system. China would be nothing without its people, and it will continue to make strides in defending every citizen’s basic rights — ethnic communities included.

    Anti-China narrative

    China is among a number of countries flouting human rights standards with little consequence. The international community must do more to stop domestic abuses of power against ethnic minorities, or else governments such as Beijing's will continue to oppress those who are vulnerable.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that China's total aggregate score given by Freedom House will be 11.33 in 2028, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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