Eight Journal Editorial Board Members Resign Over Ethics of Research in China

Eight Journal Editorial Board Members Resign Over Ethics of Research in China

As reported by The Intercept on August 4, eight out of 25 members of the editorial board for the journal Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine (MGGM) have quit over ethical concerns about research in China. The top concerns are DNA profiling and minority persecution by the totalitarian government in Beijing. The papers at issue include research on Uyghurs and Tibetans, two ethnic groups that have faced harsh treatment by the Chinese authorities. The journal at issue “is published by Wiley, a multinational company based in New Jersey that is one of the world’s premier scientific publishers.” And while subject matter such as DNA profiling, organ transplant science, and facial recognition have raised ethical issues in other publications, the mass resignations from MGGM are unprecedented. Yves Moreau of the University of Leuven, Belgium, is a bioinformatician who for years has worked to get journals to “retract troubling or unethical papers.”  

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Back in 2015, Kuwait announced that it was going to require DNA samples from all citizens and visitors. Moreau sprung into action and helped lead a campaign that resulted in t...

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