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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