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Rubio Comments On Thermo Fisher Scientific Decision To Stop Selling DNA Sequencers

Feb 22, 2019 | Comunicados de Prensa

Tampa, FL-  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement after Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific halts their sale of genetic sequencing equipment in Xinjiang:

“I’m glad Thermo Fisher Scientific decided to stop selling items related to ‘human identification technology’ in the Xinjiang region. The use of this technology allows the Chinese government to commit truly  egregious invasions of privacy and other human rights abuses, including the internment of over a million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. The sale of DNA sequencers to agents of Chinese state security should never have been approved in the first place and I believe the Commerce Department needs to establish clearer licensing requirements on technology and other items used by the Chinese government to censor, detain, and surveil.”