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Chinese Scientists are Working on a Way to Create an Image of a Person’s Face from a Blood Sample

From an article by Chris Stanford in the New York Times:

“It sounds like science fiction, but it isn’t.

“Chinese scientists are working on a way to create an image of a person’s face from a genetic sample, using blood collected from ethnic Uighurs swept up in mass detentions in China’s Xinjiang region.

“At 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 no choice.

“The details: The process, called DNA phenotyping, is in its early stages and is also being developed in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

You can read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/business/china-dna-uighurs-xinjiang.html.

Categories: DNA

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