Management of New Genetic Knowledge for Economic and Regional Development of Ethnic Minorities in China

Management of New Genetic Knowledge for Economic and Regional Development of Ethnic Minorities in China

Jan-Eerik Leppanen (International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch258
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Abstract

The banking of genetic appliances and DNA represents an attempt to understand sustainable use and preservation for the benefit of current and future generations. The goal of this chapter is to highlight BioBanking as a tool for accelerating knowledge, understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of biodiversity. Genetic biobanks, collected from indigenous peoples, may pose some ethical risks for the ethnic populations. The new information in the hands of insurance companies, employees or governmental agencies could mean insecurity for ethnic minorities if the use of information violates the fundamental human rights of ethnic people. The new genetic knowledge may alter the relations between the individual (the self) and the community; the individual and the state; and the community and the state. This chapter will explore the technical issues, difficulties and benefits this tool provides when dealing with marginalized ethnic populations in Southwest China.

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