by Derrick Broze
Is there a
connection between China, Bill Gates, YouTube, and DNA collection?
Recent reports reveal that a Chinese company with connections to
the Gates Foundation is
involved in COVID-19 testing and poses a potential threat to
American privacy, particularly the medical and health data of those
who have been tested
In late January,
CBS' 60 Minutes
"60 Minutes has learned Chinese
BGI Group, the largest biotech
firm in the world, offered to build COVID labs in at least six
states, and U.S. intelligence officials issued warnings not to
share health data with BGI.
The largest biotech firm in the
world wasted no time in offering to build and run COVID testing
labs in Washington, contacting its governor right after the
first major COVID outbreak in the U.S. occurred there.
The Chinese company, the BGI
Group, made the same offer to at least five other states,
including New York and California, 60 Minutes
This, along with other COVID
testing offers by BGI, so worried Bill Evanina, then the
country's top counterintelligence officer, that he authorized a
rare public warning."
"Foreign powers can collect, store and exploit biometric
information from COVID tests"
declared the notice.
believes the Chinese are trying to collect Americans' DNA to win
a race to control the world's biodata."
said a foreign entity could learn about a person's current or future
medical conditions by studying their DNA and using this information
to gain a monopoly over necessary drugs and treatments.
Group declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes and said the
idea that Americans genomic data has been compromised by BGI is
Concerns around BGI
also arose in late January when
Reuters reported that more than 40 publicly
available documents and research papers show BGI's links to the
People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Reuters said the research dealt
with topics as varied as mass testing for respiratory pathogens to
The Gates Foundation and
journalist Natalie Winter of
uncovered documentation of a relationship between the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation and BGI going back nearly a decade.
Winter found a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Gates Foundation
and BGI to,
"form a collaboration on global
health and agricultural development with the goal of achieving
common objectives in health and agricultural development."
collaboration deals with developments in human, plant, and animal
study of DNA.
In the press
release for the MOU, the co-founder of BGI directly mentions the
partnership as focused on genomics.
looks forward to partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation in this significant collaboration to apply genomics
research to benefit global human health," said Dr. Huanming
Yang, Chairman and Co-Founder of BGI.
Bill Gates also
visited BGI headquarters in 2010, according to a report from the
The Times stated
"is working towards a goal
of building a huge library based on the DNA of many millions of
BGI's goal is to
use this information for new drugs, genetic research and,
"transforming public health
It would appear the
COVID-19 crisis has helped BGI and the Gates Foundation step into
the role of influencing and transforming international health
also notes that:
Gates Foundation has also funded BGI
projects relating to genome sequencing alongside Chinese
Communist Party bodies such as the Ministry of Science and
Technology and Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Similarly, Dr. Tadataka Yamada,
the former president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's
global health program, serves
as the Chairman of BGI's Scientific Advisory Board."
It's clear that BGI
Group and the Gates Foundation have a documented relationship over
the last decade.
apparent that BGI Group has an extensive relationship with the
Chinese military and government.
It is these connections - the
relationship that exists between the Chinese government, the BGI
Group, and the Gates Foundation - which has sparked fears regarding
the potential misuse for the COVID-19 tests manufactured by BGI.
BGI and the DNA Testing
Since March 2020,
BGI has sold millions of their COVID-19 test kits around the world,
including the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Reuters reports that,
shares of BGI
Genomics Co. have doubled in the last year, giving BGI a market
value of around $9 billion USD.
The company is
based in Shenzhen, on the coast of Guangdong, China.
They have made
a name for themselves by selling genetic sequencing services
around the world, which has helped them to create a large
database of DNA.
BGI is also well known for creating a cloned
pig in 2010.
The company has
regularly partnered with the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
BGI and the
PLA's Academy of Military Medical Science share a dozen patents
for DNA tests.
Reuters notes that one
patent from 2015 is for a,
"low-cost test kit to detect
respiratory pathogens, including SARS
(Severe Acute Respiratory
Weijun, BGI's chief infectious disease expert, is listed as an
inventor on the patent while also holding the title of one of the
first scientists reported to have sequenced COVID-19 used samples
from a military hospital in Wuhan.
says the test kit developed with the Chinese military is not the
same one sold to foreign countries.
The danger of
COVID-19 tests being used as a method for gathering genomic data on
the unsuspecting public is part of a larger conversation about the
dangers posed by genealogy companies generally.
Millions of people
around the world have voluntarily submitted their DNA in exchange
for information about their ancestry.
The vast majority
of the users of these companies, such as
23andMe, do not read the
Terms of Service which outline how the genealogy firms can use
One of the ways
this data is used is to sell it to biotech companies who are
interested in developing new drugs and therapies. Clearly, there are
governments and militaries who also have an interest in collecting
former counterintelligence officer, told
60 Minutes that Chinese
companies are investing in U.S. biotech companies to gain access to
the health data.
He says most people
do not realize that their genetic material represents,
"your past and your future as well
as your children's future."
While there are
clearly reasons to be concerned about the influence of the Chinese
government and what they might do with your DNA, the reality is most
governments with the resources will likely seek to mine DNA as well.
includes the United States government, military, and private
company is the aforementioned 23andMe...
In the January
60 Minutes report
Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe,
answered questions regarding her company's use of the data they are
While Wojcicki says
that her company has,
individuals with this opportunity to come together, to crowd
source research", she doesn't shy away from acknowledging that
her company plans to use the information to develop drugs.
"And I absolutely stand behind: we
are going to develop drugs. So that everyone is actually
benefiting from the human genome. So absolutely the data is
told 60 Minutes.
While she says she
agrees that Americans should be concerned about China's investments
in genomic research, she believes the answer is for the United
States to invest in genetic programs.
23andMe have faced their own criticisms regarding how they use the
data and whether the public can truly expect records of their DNA to
In February it was
announced 23andMe would become a publicly traded company with help
from billionaire Richard Branson.
The Guardian noted that
Branson's Virgin Acquisition Group said 23andMe and their,
proprietary dataset" of DNA would allow Virgin to
"unlock revenue streams across digital health, therapeutics, and
in the study of DNA resembles the interests of wannabe billionaire
Epstein had an
obsession with funding DNA programs.
Bill Gates is also a
part of this web because of his relationship with Epstein and
partnership with the BGI Group.
donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the institution
and Epstein was also used as a channel for making donations to
MIT by billionaire Bill Gates.
Gates has yet to explain why he would
funnel his donations through Epstein as opposed to publicly
donating via his well-known 'philanthropic' foundation.
Epstein's funding of the MIT Media
Lab in particular led to the resignation of its former director
Joi Ito in September 2019 following Epstein's arrest and
What is not
mentioned in the 60 Minutes piece - or anywhere else - is
the fact that,
CEO of 23andMe, is the sister of
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of
Wojcicki's husband until 2015 was
one of the
of Google and president of
Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc, until December 2019.
The reason these
connections matter is because, there are common threads between,
Gates Foundation, companies like
23andMe, and the
While Anne Wojcicki
and 23andMe work on DNA mining, her sister at YouTube censors
reports on such topics that are often labeled misinformation...
incredible conflicts of interests here is of the utmost importance...