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05.04.2020 - 02:00 [ The Hill ]

Social Security advocate says pharmaceutical companies ‚looking at a pandemic as a massive profit potential‘

Lawson discussed how drugmaker Gilead Sciences asked the Food and Drug administration last week to give it the rare „orphan“ status for remdesivir, the company’s experimental coronavirus treatment.

03.04.2020 - 04:45 [ Colin Todhunter / Global Research ]

Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

Professor Michel Chossudovsky has looked at who could ultimately benefit from current events and concludes that certain pharmaceutical companies could be (are already) major beneficiaries as they receive lavish funding to develop vaccines. He asks whether we can trust the main actors behind what could amount to a multibillion dollar global (compulsory) vaccination (surveillance) project.

01.04.2020 - 16:52 [ Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ]

Event 201 Recommendations: Public-private cooperation for pandemic preparedness and response

(17.01.2020)

Public health authorities should work with private employers and trusted community leaders such as faith leaders, to promulgate factual information to employees and citizens. Trusted, influential private-sector employers should create the capacity to readily and reliably augment public messaging, manage rumors and misinformation, and amplify credible information to support emergency public communications. National public health agencies should work in close collaboration with WHO to create the capability to rapidly develop and release consistent health messages. For their part, media companies should commit to ensuring that authoritative messages are prioritized and that false messages are suppressed including though the use of technology.

Accomplishing the above goals will require collaboration among governments, international organizations and global business.

01.04.2020 - 16:45 [ Johns Hopkins University ]

Pandemic simulation exercise spotlights massive preparedness gap

(November 06, 2019)

Event 201, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, envisions a fast-spreading coronavirus with a devastating impact

01.04.2020 - 16:39 [ Blog of Bill Gates - GatesNotes.com ]

The next epidemic is coming. Here’s how we can make sure we’re ready.

(27.04.2018)

Watching Hollywood thrillers, you’d think the world was pretty good at protecting the public from deadly microorganisms. We like to believe that somewhere out there, there is a team ready to spring into action – equipped with the latest and best technologies.

Government agents like Jack Bauer in 24. Harvard professors like Robert Langdon in Inferno. And WHO epidemiologists like Dr. Leonora Orantes in Contagion – who even risked getting kidnapped as she pursued “Patient Zero.”

In the real world, though, the health infrastructure we have for normal times breaks down very rapidly during major infectious disease outbreaks. This is especially true in poor countries. But even in the U.S., our response to a pandemic or widespread bioterror attack would be insufficient.

01.04.2020 - 16:27 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

BILL GATES: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared

(18. Februar 2017)

When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn’t imagine that I’d be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I’m speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people realize.

01.04.2020 - 16:11 [ Fortune.com ]

Bill Gates Is Helping to Launch a Global Coalition to ‘Outsmart Epidemics’

(19. Januar 2017)

A new coalition to prevent epidemics was launched Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, with the aim of creating vaccines and other measures to preclude the spread of infectious disease.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), backed by the governments of Germany, Japan and Norway with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will commit an initial $460 million to “outsmart epidemics,” the coalition said in a statement.

28.03.2020 - 21:55 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

What Happens In the Wake of the COVID-19 Lockdown? Economic Destruction, Global Poverty, Bankruptcies, Mass Unemployment. Neoliberalism to the Rescue

What prevails is an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty which enables powerful financial interests to manipulate the stock market and consolidate their financial positions. This crisis has led to an unprecedented concentration of money wealth.

28.03.2020 - 11:46 [ PrepareForChange.net ]

Event 201: Bill Gates & World Economic Forum Simulated Coronavirus Outbreak 6 Weeks Before First Case in Wuhan

(27.01.2020)

Event 201 is a pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated the pandemic preparedness efforts needed to diminish the large-scale economic and societal consequences of a severe pandemic. Drawing from actual events, Event 201 identifies important policy issues and preparedness challenges that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention. These issues were designed in a narrative to engage and educate the participants and the audience.

24.03.2020 - 09:52 [ Axios.com ]

Location data likely to play limited role in fighting coronavirus

As COVID-19 worsens, though, expect to see a greater willingness to trade privacy for effective health surveillance, just as 9/11 led to a tightening of security around airports and other public spaces.

„A situation like the pandemic creates a fundamental shift in how people react to technology. This is the direction we are going to be moving in.“

— Labhesh Patel, chief technology officer at Jumio, an ID verification company

The bottom line: We’ve already given up so much in the fight against COVID-19. Some elements of personal privacy may be the next to go — and don’t expect the surveillance to end when the pandemic does.

24.03.2020 - 09:44 [ Forbes ]

Coronavirus, Surveillance And The Redefinition Of The Social Contract

We should listen to somebody who grew up in a society where there were no civil rights, Angela Merkel, talk about how the current situation justifies restricting our movements. And matters will not stop there: people might have been shocked when they saw China use apps and geolocation to control the movements of its population during the spread of the infection, but we now see Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan following suit: their success is being used to justify population control measures that would be completely unacceptable under normal circumstances.

19.03.2020 - 07:37 [ yna.co.kr ]

(Yonhap Interview) COVID-19 vaccine, drugs on fast track for development: IVI chief

Phases 3 studies of Remdesivir made by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Gilead could take place in South Korea soon.

18.03.2020 - 00:57 [ Researchgate.net ]

Molecular characterization of recombinant human interferon alpha-2b produced in Cuba

(January 1999)

The recombinant human interferon α 2b (IFN-α2b) produced by Cuban technology is obtained from Escherichia coli.This is the active principle of the product registered in Cuba as Heberon alfa R® trademark (IFN-α2b, CIGB, Havana),which has been successfully used worldwide for the therapy of several viral diseases and neoplasms. Here wedescribe the purity and identity tests used for its molecular characterization.

18.03.2020 - 00:53 [ ICRT.cu ]

Cuban drug used to tackle COVID-19

(13.03.2020)

Developed in 1986 by a team of researchers from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), human recombinant Interferon Alfa 2B has benefited thousands of Cuban patients since its introduction into the national health system, and is one of the drugs currently used to combat the new coronavirus COVID-19.

16.03.2020 - 15:10 [ labiotech.eu ]

Battle of the Biotech Unicorns: CureVac vs. Moderna

(06.11.2017)

But despite being competitors, the companies’ CEOs seem to have quite a good relationship and consider each other collaborators rather than enemies. Every year, they organize an mRNA conference together that takes turns between Boston and Berlin to bring together all the stakeholders in the field. It was at this year’s edition, in Berlin, that I had the chance to bring them together for an interview regarding the future of mRNA therapies.

16.03.2020 - 14:55 [ Fox News ]

Coronavirus: Biotech company ships first batches of vaccine, to be tested on humans: report

The trials will be held at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Testing will involve 45 young, healthy volunteers and it uses Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine.

„Unlike a normal vaccine, RNA vaccines work by introducing an mRNA sequence (the molecule which tells cells what to build) which is coded for a disease-specific antigen, once produced within the body, the antigen is recognized by the immune system, preparing it to fight the real thing,“ according to the University of Cambridge.

16.03.2020 - 14:53 [ pharmaceutical-technology.com ]

CureVac works on mRNA vaccine for coronavirus

Since 2006, the company has been manufacturing mRNA-based vaccines and therapeutics. It is currently looking to boost its manufacturing capacity to supply up to billions of doses during outbreaks.

CureVac chief technology officer Mariola Fotin-Mleczek said: “Nature has invented mechanisms to activate our immune system against infectious diseases. With our unique messenger RNA technology, we mimic nature and give our body the information on how to fight against the virus.

16.03.2020 - 10:19 [ Wikipedia ]

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations: SARS-CoV-2

In January 2020, CEPI funded three teams working on a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, being: Moderna, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, and the University of Queensland (UQ).[28][29] By February 2020, Inovio announced that it had produced a pre-clinical DNA-based vaccination to fight COVID-19 at its lab in San Diego.[30] Inovio collaborated with a Chinese firm to speed its acceptance by regulatory authorities in China for human trialing.[31] The strategy of the UQ team is to develop a molecular clamp vaccine that genetically modifies viral proteins to make them mimic the coronavirus and stimulate an immune reaction.[29][28]

In January 2020, CEPI announced a fourth SARS-CoV-2 project in a collaboration with their existing partner CureVac, to develop and manufacture a vaccine.

16.03.2020 - 10:15 [ Marketscreener.com ]

Moderna : Germany tries to halt U.S. interest in firm working on coronavirus vaccine

CureVac in 2015 and 2018 secured financial backing for development projects from its investor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working on shots to prevent malaria and influenza.

In the field of so-called mRNA therapeutics, CureVac competes with U.S. biotech firm Moderna and German rival BioNTech, which Pfizer has identified as a potential collaboration partner.

16.03.2020 - 07:42 [ The Hill ]

German officials to discuss report of U.S. seeking to secure rights to coronavirus vaccine

CureVac said on its website that CureVac CEO Daniel Menichella met with President Trump and Vice President Pence earlier this month to discuss a coronavirus vaccine. The CEO said at the time he was “very confident that we will be able to develop a potent vaccine candidate within a few months.”

16.03.2020 - 07:31 [ The Hill ]

Potential coronavirus vaccine trial set to start on Monday: AP

According to the AP, the trial will start testing 45 young, healthy participants with different doses of the vaccine, which was developed by both the NIH and Moderna Inc.

15.03.2020 - 22:51 [ Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News - genengnews.com ]

CureVac, Sanofi Pasteur, and In-Cell-Art Collaborate on €33.1M DARPA-Supported Vaccine Program

(November 15, 2011)

The four-year DARPA-supported program will exploit CureVac’s RNActive technology along with In-Cell-Art’s nanoparticle expertise and Sanofi’s vaccine development capabilities.

The option agreement signed between Sanofi and CureVac in parallel with the DARPA collaboration covers pre-agreed license terms for the development of vaccines against a number of predefined pathogens.

15.03.2020 - 22:31 [ CureVac.com ]

CureVac and CEPI extend their Cooperation to Develop a Vaccine against Coronavirus nCoV-2019

(31.01.2020)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is one of the founding members of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and has committed a total of 90 million euro to its work. CEPI brings together a range of diverse stakeholders to develop much-needed vaccines for the prevention of future pandemics. Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, said:

“The Coronavirus is currently the source of concern for many people. The development of a vaccine is an extremely important element in the effort to combat this viral infection. It is encouraging to see that this process now has the support of the international CEPI alliance, which is also making use of German research and development expertise. I hope that good results can soon be achieved for which so many people are waiting at this time.”

15.03.2020 - 21:25 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Germany and US in tug of war as Donald Trump tries to buy rights to coronavirus vaccine

While more than two dozen pharmaceutical firms are in a race to develop the first effective vaccine against the coronavirus, CureVac may have an edge thanks to an experimental technology that allows it to deliver the prophylactic in extremely small doses.

It appears to have caught Mr Trump’s eye when he met the company’s chief executive during a crisis summit

15.03.2020 - 21:18 [ Richard Grenell, US Botschafter in Berlin / Twitter ]

Not true. The Welt story was wrong. But Business Insider, Reuters and others went with it anyway despite not having their own sources. Now everyone is back peddling.

15.03.2020 - 21:15 [ NBC News ]

Germany tries to stop Trump from luring away firm working on coronavirus vaccine

(March 15, 2020, 4:54 PM CET)

She declined to comment on any takeover possibilities but referred to Germany’s foreign trade law, under which Berlin can examine takeover bids from non-EU, so-called third countries „if national or European security interests are at stake“.

There was no comment immediately available from the U.S. embassy in Berlin when contacted by Reuters on Sunday over the report, and nobody was available to comment at CureVac. Welt am Sonntag said CureVac declined to comment.

15.03.2020 - 20:50 [ Event201.com ]

Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall: NPR

(12.02.2020)

CEPI is a global partnership of public, private and philanthropic organizations; it’s also supporting efforts at the biotech companies Moderna and CureVac.

(…)

Even in the rosiest of scenarios, Hatchett says, once the vaccine is in hand, it still needs to get to the people who need it, and that takes time — at least weeks to months, depending on the urgency.

15.03.2020 - 20:41 [ Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ]

The Event 201 scenario

(October 2019)

The disease starts in pig farms in Brazil, quietly and slowly at first, but then it starts to spread more rapidly in healthcare settings. When it starts to spread efficiently from person to person in the low-income, densely packed neighborhoods of some of the megacities in South America, the epidemic explodes. It is first exported by air travel to Portugal, the United States, and China and then to many other countries. Although at first some countries are able to control it, it continues to spread and be reintroduced, and eventually no country can maintain control.

There is no possibility of a vaccine being available in the first year.

15.03.2020 - 20:36 [ Johns Hopkins University ]

Pandemic simulation exercise spotlights massive preparedness gap

(November 06, 2019)

Event 201, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, envisions a fast-spreading coronavirus with a devastating impact

15.03.2020 - 20:18 [ Forbes ]

Discovery Of 2 Strains Of COVID-19 Coronavirus Hints At How It Evolved

(04.03.2020)

Researchers at a Chinese university identified two separate strains of the Covid-19 coronavirus that could be sickening people in a new study Wednesday, and have called for further research, as 3,200 have died and 93,000 more have been infected by the disease worldwide.

15.03.2020 - 17:48 [ PhysiciansWeekly.com ]

Germany tries to stop U.S. from luring away firm seeking coronavirus vaccine

German government sources told Reuters on Sunday that the U.S. administration was looking into how it could gain access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, CureVac.

Earlier, the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure CureVac to the United States, and the German government was making counter-offers to tempt it to stay.

15.03.2020 - 17:43 [ Yahoo.com ]

Germany’s CureVac says low-dose coronavirus vaccine could allow for mass production

(13.03.2020)

Privately held Curevac, which was granted up to $8.3 million by CEPI in January, is working to draw on its low-dose vaccine technology, which has showed promise in an early-stage rabies trial, for use against the coronavirus.

The Tuebingen, Germany, based company hopes to have an experimental vaccine ready by June or July to then seek the go-ahead from regulators for testing on humans.

15.03.2020 - 17:33 [ biopharmadive.com ]

CureVac CEO replaced in midst of biotech’s coronavirus push

(12.03.2020)

Last Monday, Menichella was among the top executives of nearly a dozen biotech and pharmaceutical companies briefing President Trump on their respective coronavirus drug development plans. Just over a week later, he was out as CEO, replaced by CureVac founder and former CEO Hoerr.

It’s a rapid transition in leadership at a time when the company is in the global spotlight for its efforts to quickly advance a coronavirus vaccine into human testing.

14.03.2020 - 19:43 [ Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

COVID-19 Coronavirus “Fake” Pandemic: Timeline and Analysis

(08.03.2020)

In the Event 201 Simulation of a Coronavirus Pandemic, a 15% collapse of financial markets had been “simulated”.

It was not “predicted” according to the organizers and sponsors of the event.

Private sector initiative. Participation of corporate execs, foundations, financial institutions, Banks, Big Pharma, CIA, CDC, No health officials on behalf of national governments or the WHO. The simulation exercise was held on the same day as the opening of the CISM World Militaty Sports Games in Wuhan.

14.03.2020 - 18:14 [ National Science Review / Oxford University ]

On the origin and continuing evolution of SARS-CoV-2

(03.03.2020)

Population genetic analyses of 103 SARS-CoV-2 genomes indicated that these viruses evolved into two major types (designated L and S), that are well defined by two different SNPs that show nearly complete linkage across the viral strains sequenced to date. Although the L type (∼70%) is more prevalent than the S type (∼30%), the S type was found to be the ancestral version. Whereas the L type was more prevalent in the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan, the frequency of the L type decreased after early January 2020.

14.03.2020 - 18:07 [ Asia Times ]

Virus has mutated into two strains

(04.03.2020)

The paper said the difference between the two subtypes is at the 28144 position of the viral RNA genome.

The L subtype was more common in the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan, but the frequency of the L subtype decreased after early January 2020.

14.03.2020 - 17:44 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Italian strain isolated at Sacco hospital

(27.02.2020)

The team includes researchers Alessia Loi, Annalisa Bergna and Arianna Gabrieli, all three on short term contracts, together with their Polish colleague Maciej Tarkowski and Professor Gianguglielmo Zehender.
Galli said they had worked non stop since Sunday.

14.03.2020 - 17:15 [ Reddit.com ]

Italy’s virus is a different strain from Wuhan’s

(28.02.2020)

„A group of researchers from Milan’s University Hospital was able to identify the strain of the Italian virus. The researchers state that when compared to what was known about the Chinese virus, a mutation has occured and this discovery will allow to reach(?) the genetic code of the virus, its specific characteristics in order to find out the time and spread speed of the virus. This should be an important first step to develop specific treatment for the infected. The scientific community has already communicated this discovery to Brussels [to the European Union headquarters] and even President Materelli has already congratulated the researchers (…)“

08.03.2020 - 23:20 [ The United States Department of Justice ]

Department of Justice to Publish Final Rule to Comply Fully with DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005

The FBI will provide DHS with the DNA collection kits, analyze the samples, and ensure that law enforcement agencies use the results in accordance with the FBI’s stringent CODIS privacy requirements.

24.01.2020 - 10:09 [ New York Times ]

DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans

What if the United States government took the DNA of vast numbers of Americans for use without their consent? The Trump administration has just brought us one step closer to that dystopia.

14.01.2020 - 14:27 [ Claire Robinson / GMWatch ]

Researchers assumed CRISPR-mediated disruption of genes was turning them off – but they were wrong

A new study reveals yet another major unintended effect from the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool – with potentially serious implications for the food safety of gene-edited plants. The study found that CRISPR-Cas9 edits intended to knockout the function of a gene fail to do so. Instead, proteins are still produced from the damaged genes, many of which are still functional. The result could be the production of gene-edited plants that are toxic or allergenic.

04.12.2019 - 16:21 [ MIT Technology Review ]

China’s CRISPR babies: Read exclusive excerpts from the unseen original research

He Jiankui’s manuscript shows how he ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the gene-edited twins Lulu and Nana.

04.12.2019 - 16:16 [ South China Morning Post ]

Gene-edited babies: Chinese scientist He Jiankui ‘may have created unintended mutations’

Despite biophysicist’s claims, team failed to reproduce changes to make twin girls HIV immune, excerpts from manuscript show
Birth of gene-edited babies Lula and Nana sent shock waves through scientific world in 2018

24.11.2019 - 17:07 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Plans $3.9 Billion Fund for Startups in ‘Valley of Death’

The fund will seek to close that investment gap by providing equity and grant funding to early stage firms in so-called deep tech, such as manufacturing, biotechnology, health-tech and artificial intelligence, he said. It’s set to formally launch in 2021 and will be run by the European Innovation Council, though the final size could change depending on the outcome of budget talks with the bloc’s member states.

05.10.2019 - 23:44 [ MercoPress ]

Brazilian soy farmers concerned with new Bayer biotech herbicide, Dicamba

Brazilian farmers are wary of the imminent introduction of a new genetically modified soy seed technology because of the risks associated with dicamba, a herbicide the biotech product is designed to tolerate. Widely used in the United States, dicamba has been described as a volatile product that drifts off easily and may compromise non-tolerant soybeans.

16.08.2019 - 06:44 [ New York Times ]

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

According to a 2013 survey, 30 states and the federal government permitted the analysis of DNA samples collected from individuals who are arrested or charged, but not convicted, of certain crimes. These databases generally did not include low-level offenders.

New York State law requires a conviction before someone’s DNA can be included in the state-operated DNA databank. But databases built by local authorities are not subject to the state rules.

02.08.2019 - 15:10 [ theCut.com ]

The Epstein Case: What Ever Happened to the Mysterious Nobel Prize Sperm Bank?

Wait — what?

While it sounds like something out of the movie Gattaca, the “Nobel Prize Sperm Bank” really was operational for 20 years, from 1979 to 1999, and based in Escondido, California. It was founded by the multimillionaire optometrist and inventor Robert Graham, an admirer of eugenics who believed the human race was getting progressively dumber and that the only way to stop it was by filling the world with the genetic descendants of Nobel Prize winners.

02.08.2019 - 14:59 [ New York Times ]

Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA

Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding.

09.07.2019 - 21:12 [ Technische Universität Dresden ]

Statement zum tragischen Tod von Suzanne Eaton

Der Tod von Suzanne Eaton, Wissenschaftlerin am Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik und am Biotechnologischen Zentrum der TU Dresden, ist leider Gewissheit. Das MPI teilte mit, dass die Polizei ihre Leiche am Abend des 8. Juli gefunden hat. Die Behörden haben ihre Untersuchung der Vorkommnisse, die sich am Nachmittag des 2. Juli ereignet haben könnten, noch nicht abgeschlossen.

19.05.2019 - 01:17 [ The Independent ]

Monsanto: Do cancer payouts and global protests signal the end for this agrochemical company?

On Sunday, hundreds of “March Against Monsanto” rallies are expected around the world. The campaign group of the same name behind the protests aims to “educate the world about the crimes Monsanto has committed against humanity”.

The marches – which attract people in their millions – are in their eighth year.

03.03.2019 - 17:00 [ pcmag.com ]

FBI Gains Access to Popular Home DNA Kit Database

(1.2.2019) As BuzzFeed reports, this week FamilyTreeDNA confirmed that it is working with the FBI and allowing local law enforcement access to its genealogy database. The number of DNA profiles stored in that database is thought to total over a million.

03.03.2019 - 16:24 [ New York Times ]

Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

(21.1.2019) The science-fiction future, in which police can swiftly identify robbers and murderers from discarded soda cans and cigarette butts, has arrived. In 2017, President Trump signed into law the Rapid DNA Act, which, starting this year, will enable approved police booking stations in several states to connect their Rapid DNA machines to Codis, the national DNA database. Genetic fingerprinting is set to become as routine as the old-fashioned kind.

03.03.2019 - 16:18 [ nanalyze.com ]

CODIS – The World’s Largest DNA Database

(13. April 2016) 23andMe has about 1.2 million customers. Ancestry DNA was aiming for 1.3 million by the end of 2015 and we can only assume they’ve reached that number by now. The Family Tree DNA database has just over 783,000 records. Assuming there is no overlap between these 3 databases, this means that if all 3 of these companies combined their databases we would have around 3.28 million DNA profiles, or just 1% of the U.S. population. This means that with all the hype around DNA testing companies, they have only managed to achieve a 1% market share combined in the USA alone.

So are these the biggest DNA databases? The answer is no. The U.S. government actually owns the biggest DNA database by far.

03.03.2019 - 16:16 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

(18. April 2009)

The F.B.I., with a DNA database of 6.7 million profiles, expects to accelerate its growth rate from 80,000 new entries a year to 1.2 million by 2012 — a 15-fold increase. F.B.I. officials say they expect DNA processing backlogs — which now stand at more than 500,000 cases — to increase.

Law enforcement officials say that expanding the DNA databanks to include legally innocent people will help solve more violent crimes.

03.03.2019 - 15:42 [ sciencemag.org ]

Genetic data on half a million Brits reveal ongoing evolution and Neanderthal legacy

(3.1.2019) At the same time, computational biologist Tony Capra at Vanderbilt University in Nashville had the same bright idea to search for Neanderthal DNA in a large database. He used proprietary electronic records of 28,000 Americans. His team was the first to publish, reporting Neanderthal DNA variants that raise the risk of depression, skin lesions, blood clots, and other disorders in people today.

03.03.2019 - 15:09 [ Human Rights Watch ]

China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy

(15.5.2017) The issue of DNA collection has received some press attention. In one case in Shandong province, police collected DNA from more than 5,000 male students in one college in October 2013. The students were given no explanation about why their information was taken, and many “did not understand nor felt comfortable about it.” When reached by journalists, the school said it was to cooperate with the police’s request to establish a database about migrant populations, but the police said it was to solve a number of theft cases on the campus.

03.03.2019 - 13:41 [ Washington Post ]

China has turned Xinjiang into a zone of repression — and a frightening window into the future

(23.2.2019) When George Orwell’s “1984” was published seven decades ago, it seemed a dire warning of a future dystopia ruled by thought police and authoritarian control. Today, such a world is becoming a reality in Xinjiang. We agree with human rights groups who have urged the United Nations Human Rights Council, when it meets starting Monday, to launch an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang to expose this unsettling experiment in state control of human behavior.

22.02.2019 - 14:01 [ New York Times ]

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

Chinese government researchers contributed the data of 2,143 Uighurs to the Allele Frequency Database, an online search platform run by Dr. Kidd that was partly funded by the United States Department of Justice until last year. The database, known as Alfred, contains DNA data from more than 700 populations around the world.

21.07.2018 - 19:20 [ Japan Today ]

Gene-editing damages DNA more than previously thought: study

They found „large genetic rearrangements such as DNA deletions and insertions“ in cells, which could lead to important genes being switched on or off and causing dangerous changes.

The research also showed that standard tests do not pick up damage to DNA caused by CRISPR-Cas9.

Experts not involved in the study said it was unclear how such large, unintended changes were not noticed before.

02.06.2018 - 17:11 [ CNN ]

DNA that led to Golden State Killer suspect’s arrest was collected from his car while he shopped

When the suspected Golden State Killer drove into a Hobby Lobby parking lot in April, investigators were waiting nearby. As he walked into the craft store, it gave them a perfect chance to collect a secret DNA sample.
Police swabbed the driver’s side handle of Joseph James DeAngelo’s car, according to arrest and search warrants released Friday.

02.06.2018 - 17:06 [ Washington Post ]

The ingenious and ‘dystopian’ DNA technique police used to hunt the ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect

(28.4.2018) They tracked their suspect through his family tree.

Police said they checked the crime scene DNA against one of the genealogy sites that have lately become popular — databases filled with the profiles of people who have volunteered their genetic codes in the hope of discovering their relatives and ancestors. GEDmatch, a free service, confirmed that police used it to identify DeAngelo.

06.12.2017 - 06:56 [ Wikipedia ]

CRISPR/Cas-Methode

Die CRISPR/Cas-Methode (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) ist eine biochemische Methode, um DNA gezielt zu schneiden und zu verändern (Genome Editing). Gene können mit dem CRISPR/Cas-System eingefügt, entfernt oder ausgeschaltet werden,[1] auch Nukleotide in einem Gen können geändert werden.[2]

12.04.2016 - 13:45 [ TechinAsia ]

Chinese scientists are changing what it means to be human. We need to think about the downsides.

Still, this experiment and last year’s are a proof of concept: CRISPR could be used to introduce desired genetic mutations into a human embryo. And if that embryo was viable and was implanted into a uterus and carried to term, the resulting child would be something out of science fiction: a genetically-enhanced human being.

29.06.2015 - 04:01 [ DailyMail ]

Could we turn Mars into Earth 2.0? Darpa is working on designer organisms to terraform the red planet

Alicia Jackson, the deputy director of Darpa´s Biological Technologies Office in Virginia, made comments alluding to the technology at a biotech conference on Monday.
‘For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not just to visit, but to stay,’ she was quoted as saying by Motherboard.

20.07.2014 - 13:05 [ io9.com ]

Blood Of 2-Million Babies Stored In Indiana Warehouse Without Consent

„Right now we have samples dating back to 1991, so there are approximately 2.25 to 2.5 million samples currently being held,“ said [director of ISDH’s Genomics & Newborn Screening Program Bob] Bowman. „We do have a lot.“

08.07.2013 - 05:53 [ thestar.com ]

U.K. may allow IVF technique to create babies with DNA from 3 people

Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country’s top medical officer says.

28.06.2013 - 06:32 [ Newsday ]

UK may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people

Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country’s top medical officer says.

20.03.2013 - 17:19 [ Daily Mail ]

Plans for three-parent IVF babies a step closer after fertility watchdog gives the go-ahead

But critics have labelled it ‘Frankenscience’, with unknown side effects

20.03.2013 - 17:17 [ Telegraph ]

Britain on course for ‚three parent babies‘

Britain is on course to become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies with three biological „parents“

20.03.2013 - 17:16 [ Seattle Times ]

UK: Public OK with creating babies from 3 people

Britain’s fertility regulator says it has found broad public support for in vitro fertilization techniques that allow babies to be created with DNA from three people