Experts concerned about Netherlands working with China in DNA research
Three top Dutch laboratories have been working together with Chinese scientists to develop sensitive DNA techniques for years, RTL Nieuws and Follow the Money reported based on their research.
Experts are concerned about this cooperation. RTL and FTM looked at 20 scientific publications predicting body characteristics based on a DNA profile and facial recognition techniques.
Some of the studies looked at mapping family ties. In the studies, Erasmus MC, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) worked with Chinese researchers who have indirect and even direct contact with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security – the police in the country. Some of the researchers are paid or employed by the Chinese police.