China hurting research with curbs on sharing of genetic data

China caused consternation in the tech world by walling off its Internet, blocking foreign cloud-computing firms and forcing companies to store data locally if they want to operate on the mainland: many fear a full-fledged balkanisation of the Internet.

The worry now is that something similar may be happening in cutting-edge gene research. Late last month, in a move that's largely been overlooked outside the scientific community, China's Ministry of Science and Technology announced it had sanctioned six Chinese and foreign organisations for the "improper" collection, trading and export of Chinese genetic information.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2018, with the headline 'China hurting research with curbs on sharing of genetic data'. Print Edition | Subscribe