least two Chinese researchers working on the technology have ties to
institutions in Europe, and critics say Beijing is exploiting the
openness of the international scientific community for questionable
purposes. The Chinese have said that they followed international norms
that would require research subjects’ consent, but many in Xinjiang have
The details: The process, called DNA phenotyping, is in its early stages and is also being developed in the U.S. and elsewhere.
In the long term, it may be possible to add DNA-produced images into
the mass surveillance systems that China is building, tightening the
government’s grip on society.
“What the Chinese government is doing should be a warning to everybody
who kind of goes along happily thinking, ‘How could anyone be worried
about these technologies?’” said Pilar Ossorio, a professor of law and
bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.