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Your unborn baby is already being monetized

Could data collected from millions of pregnant women pave the way for genetically enhanced super-soldiers? According to a recent investigation by Reuters, the BGI Group, a well-known prenatal test manufacturer, is working with the Chinese military to achieve just that.

The BGI group offers a test called Nifty (“Non-Invasive Fetal Trisomy”), which is recommended in more than 50 countries and is used to look for genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome in early pregnancy. According to Reuters, more than 8 million women passed these tests, and BGI used the genetic data it collected to help the Chinese military improve the “quality of the population.” Reuters reports that US government advisers have warned that this massive database could “push China to dominate the pharmaceutical sector, and it could lead to genetically engineered soldiers or engineers targeting the US population or food supply.” The BGI has issued a statement denying the allegations.

“China steals your intimate information for evil purposes” is a favorite genre of Western journalism. See, for example, last year a breathtaking report on whether the Chinese government is using TikTok to spy on people. Let’s understand very clearly here. Western companies do exactly the same thing. The idea that it’s somehow more horrible when China does it smells like synophobia. DNA is big business now, you really don’t know who has the most intimate information about you, to whom they sold it, what those companies or governments do with it. For example, last year Blackstone, a private equity firm, acquired Ancestry.com, which has “the world’s largest consumer DNA network” of 18 million people. Blackstone has said he has no plans to monetize the DNA, but many biologists and privacy activists are skeptical. Didn’t they raise about $ 5 billion just for hell? At the same time, the British government is in the process of collecting data և as if trying to monetize the medical history of all of England. The government is making secret deals with controversial big data companies like Palantir, which are funded by the CIA.

The Reuters investigation into BGI reminds us that there is not a single episode of our lives (perhaps even our dreams) that is not thought to be mine-laden. Indeed, it seems that our data is sold before it even comes out of the womb. But beyond the “big business is evil” element, there is another dimension to this story. Although I have no idea whether the Chinese government is actually using the data from prenatal tests to create genetically enhanced soldiers, these types of tests are used to select the next generation of genetic cherries. The ability to detect fetal genetic abnormalities (known as NIPT tests) in early pregnancy through a non-invasive blood test is a relatively recent phenomenon with huge ethical implications. My partner, of course, had a NIPT test during pregnancy, և while we were waiting for the results, I was emphasizing what we would do if the result became “abnormal”. Would we have an abortion? If we had an abortion, would it make us a monster or was it sensible to do so?

We never had to make that difficult decision, but many other people did. In an excellent article titled “The Last Children of Down Syndrome” last year, Sarah article notes that Denmark became one of the first countries in the world to offer every pregnant woman a Down Syndrome Prenatal Screening in 2004. “Suddenly the new government came into the hands of ordinary people. it is the power to decide what kind of life is worth bringing to the world. ” In Denmark, almost everyone decides to take the test, and 95% of those diagnosed with Down Syndrome have an abortion. “Few speak publicly about ‘eliminating’ Down Syndrome,” hang hang writes. “But individual elections add something very close to that.” We talk a lot about the huge power that big corporations have now because of big data, but we also have some of that power. Eugenics is slowly and steadily normalizing.

The teenager was found guilty of killing two sisters in a London park

Sisters Nicole Smallman և Biba Henry was assassinated by 19-year-old Daniel Hussein, who had signed a “contract” with D to sacrifice women in exchange for winning the lottery. It is a horrific story, exacerbated by the fact that two police officers were accused of indecent behavior for allegedly sharing inappropriate photos of the murder scene.

Meet little Amalie, a puppet girl refugee who is about to walk 8,000 km

Amal, a 12-year-old doll led by nine young dolls, plans to walk 8,000 km from the Syrian-Turkish border to Manchester to assess the plight of refugees.

Can you write “incredible”?

I’m sure Za Za Ailangard can. The 14-year-old state of Louisiana simply became the first African-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The teenager is not just a spelling champion, he has three Guinness World Records for several basketball dribbles at a time.

Rose McGowan on “rooster socks” և stupid people

The actor, who has a new podcast called “Rescued Harvey Weinstein”, gave a funny and enlightening interview to the Guardian.

Week in the top three

Catastrophic news for free cats in Melbourne City Hall this week. Knox City Council has introduced a 24-hour curfew for cats, saying it is extremely dangerous for cats to go outside. The dogs are watching the situation closely.

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