Daily Archives: September 3, 2021

Wiley Medical Journal

“Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine” was hit by a mass resignation of its board members after publishing Chinese articles on Tibetans and Uyghurs.

Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine is a serious academic journal published by a serious publisher, Wiley. It is all more surprising that, as The Intercept reported earlier this month, eight members of its board (out of 25) resigned over ethical issues.

The articles that set the events in motion are part of something called “forensic genetics,” a controversial field where researchers often cooperate with police. Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine published several articles by Chinese researchers discussing genetic features of Chinese populations, including the Han majority, Hui Muslims, Mongolians, Tibetans, and Uyghurs.

Read more at “Wiley Medical Journal Accused of Publishing Racist CCP Papers”

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China mRNA Vaccine

A private Chinese pharmaceutical company founded by an America-educated biologist is joining forces with the Chinese military to research, trial and roll out a homegrown messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccine.

The move comes amid a surge in Covid-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta strain and as questions arise about the efficacy of the Sinovac and Sinopharm’s traditional inactivated vaccines administered to over 1.1 billion Chinese against new viral variants. 

It also comes as much of the developing world lacks access to Western-made mRNA vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which are proving more effective against the disease than traditionally produced vaccine shots.

Read more at “China set to launch locally made mRNA vaccine”

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