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China’s Craze to DNA Test Babies Outweighs Privacy Concerns

Blood samples of newborn infants are collected for disease screening at a lab in Taiyuan city, north China's Shanxi province. 

Blood samples of newborn infants are collected for disease screening at a lab in Taiyuan city, north China's Shanxi province. 

Photographer: Wei liang/Imaginechina


Chinese consumers, just like Westerners, are lining up for DNA tests. But unlike their American and European counterparts, the Chinese appear to have far fewer qualms about privacy and sharing their data. And what they’re expecting to glean from their genetic information goes far beyond family trees or hints of future disease. From assessing the talents of hours-old infants to making career and life decisions based on DNA tests, the Chinese have fully embraced the genetics boom.