Study of China’s ethnic minorities retracted as dozens of papers come under scrutiny for ethical violations
Yves Moreau, a professor of engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium, who has assembled a dossier of roughly 80 papers about DNA fingerprinting in China, in order to expose their ethical shortcomings, told us: "There are over 100 scientific articles on forensic population genetics of highly vulnerable minorities (Tibetan and Muslim minorities) involving at least one co-author from the Chinese police (called public security), the judiciary, or related institutions (such as Xinjiang Police College or Railway Police College). When reported to the size of the population (i.e., number of papers studying a given population divided by the number of people of this population), Tibetans are studied 40 times, and Uyghurs 30 times, more intensely than Hans. About half of all forensic population genetics papers (i.e., papers characterizing the genetic diversity with methods suitable for law enforcement) have at least one co-author from Chinese police, the judiciary, or related institutions. It is impossible to carry out academic research on forensic population genetics in China, so that about 1,000 scientific articles need to be ethically reassessed."