BGI Genomics clarifies wrongdoing in genetics study amid criticism

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/10/28 21:03:39



Researchers at BGI Genomics Co's north center in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, in May Photo: VCG



Shenzhen-listed genomics company BGI Genomics Co on Saturday sought to clarify a case in 2015 when the company was found to be illegally conducting a genetics study with a foreign institute and illegally exporting human genetic resources.

BGI's move came as pressure continues to build after officials released a document that revealed the company was punished in 2015 for illegally conducting the study with the UK's Oxford University.

In a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, BGI said that it has resolved the case through a rectification procedure and that the company has been following laws and regulations in its genetics studies.

"Generally speaking, the administrative punishment did not have any substantial impact on the company's operations," BGI said in the filing, which was in response to inquiries from officials at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

BGI added that after the rectification process, the company resumed collaboration with foreign partners on genetics studies, during which it followed relevant laws and regulations regarding protecting genetic data privacy.

The company maintained that genetic data collection was conducted in China and the analysis of the data was also conducted by a Chinese team.

On October 26, the Ministry of Science and Technology published a document dated September 7, 2015 that showed BGI was ordered to stop a study with Oxford University and destroy the genetic data collected on Chinese citizens.

BGI has been under serious pressure, as its shares have kept falling.


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