It’s Not Just COVID: China’s Dubious Scientific Ethics

A technician works at a genetic testing laboratory of BGI in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, in 2018. (Stringer/Reuters)
The same lack of research ethics that likely unleashed COVID afflicts other aspects of the nation’s research apparatus.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C hina has become the world capital of ethically dubious scientific research. Perhaps even that is too tactful. More accurately stated, China is the land where science ethics go to die.

Considering the way China harvests the organs of Falun Gong political prisoners and is committing genocide against Muslim Uyghurs, we can hardly be surprised that China’s research sector breaks moral boundaries and shatters world norms. Making matters worse, some in the Western scientific sector are complicit in the immorality by participating in experiments that would or could not be done here — a phenomenon that Stanford University bioethicist William Hurlbut labels

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