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BGI Genomics – a genetics company affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party has been accused by US officials of “exploiting (assembling)” the DNA of the American people – has a deep partnership with the Bill & Melinda Foundation. Gates, revealed The National Pulse.
The company was recently criticized after being exposed to a 60 Minutes report on its use of COVID-19 tests to “collect, store and exploit biometric information” from US citizens, according to former US intelligence officials. Additionally, a recent Reuters article linked the company to the Chinese Communist Party’s military.
In addition to the Obama administration which allowed the company to gain a foothold in the United States, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has also played a key role in BGI’s expansion in the United States.
In September 2012, the founder’s foundation of Microsoft signed a “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on global health and agricultural development to set common health and development goals.” Agriculture”.
The co-founder of BGI welcomed this agreement, congratulating the “scientific advances to come in the field of human, plant and animal genetics”. He also revealed that the collaborative efforts were focused on genome sequencing – an activity that was warned of threats to national security in 60 minutes:
“Contribution to the human genome project as well as to the genomic sequencing of many important plant and animal species and to human diseases, including the initial sequencing of the rice genome as well as the involvement of We are in the 10,000 genome project of the rice, the 1000 species project on the plant and animal genome, the international 1000 genomes project, the 1000 rare diseases project, the international project on the cancer genome, the 10K autism genome, with other projects, BGI looks forward to working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on this important partnership to apply genomic research to positively contribute to global health benefits ”.
Bill Gates and BGI founder Wang Jun at the Boao Forum in 2015 (Photo: BGI).
The note ahead of Bill Gates’ 2010 visit to BGI’s headquarters in China, where he witnessed the company’s gene sequencing activity as described by the Financial Times, reads as follows:
In 2010, Bill Gates visited a dark building in an industrial park on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. With a slew of high-tech machines rumbling inside, this place could easily be mistaken for an anonymous data vault. But Gates and Ray Yip, the Gates Foundation’s China operations manager, saw something different that day. During their visit to BGI’s headquarters, the two men were stunned by the ambitions of the scientists working in this biotechnology company. Inside, more than 150 modern gene sequencing machines analyze a volume of thousands of human genomes every day. The company aims to build a giant library based on the DNA of millions of people. BGI executives don’t see it end to end, but a springboard for new drug discovery, cutting-edge genetic research and public health policy change.
Yip praises this effort as being “superior”, “open” and “free”:
“We were surprised. We never thought we would find such a unique approach. They are in their own sky – open and free. Most people just think of them as a DNA analysis service provider. That’s the foundation. of data they build that will make them great ”.
The Gates Foundation has also funded BGI projects related to genomic sequencing with Chinese Communist Party agencies such as the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Institute of Agricultural Sciences.
Likewise, Dr Tadataka Yamada, former chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, is chair of the BGI Scientific Advisory Board.
Bill Gates posed with researchers at BGI (Photo: Giga Blog).
And in 2016, BGI opened an office in Washington state, home to Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
BGI’s relationship with Washington also appears to influence the company’s decision to target the state with the COVID-19 test suite, which is part of the company’s goal to “collect” its data.
“In early March last year, Washington state was the first major outbreak of the corona virus in the United States when COVID rates and demand for testing soared, BGI Group, the The world’s largest biotech company – a giant global company based in China – has approached Washington state. with a convincing offer. In an impressive personal letter to the state governor, BGI offered to build and help operate the most modern COVID testing labs, ”the 60 Minutes program sums up.
But officials ultimately turned down the offer at the behest of the office of the director of national intelligence due to BGI’s ties to the Chinese government.