Blood Feud

Asia's Tomb Raiders
 Spirited Away
 How to Raid a Tomb
 Moving the Loot
October 20, 2003 Issue

 Malaysia: Mahathir steps down
 Essay: Last of the strongmen?
 Korea: Roh's Woes

 Japan: Baseball's losers win
 China: Blood Feud
 N. Korea: Suspicious accident

 Travel: Lowdown on the high life
 Check In: Best airport lounge
 Concorde: A piece of history
 Berlin: Underground art
 DIY: Taking kids abroad
 Style: Bespoke, not broke
 Food: Lambrosia Top Headlines
Talk about a good premise for a biomedical thriller: villagers in a poor Chinese province are used as guinea pigs by an American university collecting genetic material. That's how the story was played last week in China. The Xinhua news agency reported that trusting villagers in Anhui province had blood and other fluid samples taken during a research project headed by Harvard University—but weren't told why.

In fact, last week's story recycled four-year-old allegations that caused Harvard to suspend its research into hereditary links in a range of diseases. Since the program ended in 1998, four separate...

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