The Centers for Disease Control published a controversial post on Twitter Wednesday, admitting that Americans who took a Covid-19 nasal swab PCR test may have had their DNA harvested.
“Remember that #COVID19 nose swab test you took?” the post reads. “What happened to the swab? If it was processed with a PCR test, there’s a 10% chance that it ended up in a lab for genomic sequencing analysis. Learn more about the process and its importance.”
Linked in the CDC Twitter post is a video by tech website Wired explaining how nose swabs detect new strains of SARS-CoV-2.
The video report says the alleged “10%” of samples collected are sent in for genomic sequencing testing, claiming the scientists only look at the genetic makeup of the viruses and not the DNA of the humans connected to each sample.
The sequencing is done with cooperation between local, state and federal agencies as well as academic and clinical labs.
While they claim there’s a “10% chance” of samples being tested, the number is surely much higher.
Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) asked on Twitter, “Did the CDC get permission from people to take their DNA?”
Talking with Newsweek, a professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard named Albert Ascherio downplayed the “conspiracy” that anyone’s DNA is being collected by the government or any labs before going on to admit it is actually possible.
“There is no need to test human DNA, but of course, it will be on the swab so it could be tested, which is probably what people may worry about if they are in [a] conspiracy mood,” Ascherio said.
There is a precedent to suspect a government would seek to build a database of human DNA.
The U.S. government has been collecting DNA samples of nearly every child born in the nation’s hospitals for decades now.
According to the left-leaning ACLU, “The DNA of virtually every newborn in the United States is collected and tested soon after birth… It used to be that after the screening was completed the blood spots were destroyed. Not anymore. Today it is increasingly common for states to hold onto these samples for years, even permanently.”
In December of 2019, the Pentagon warned all military personnel not to take mail-in DNA tests.
Forbes questioned at the time, “Could this genetic information lead to genetic surveillance, tracking, and grave privacy concerns for military personnel and others who use these kits?”
In China, mass collection of DNA has been used to track and capture Uighur Muslims to be place in concentration camps.
Perhaps the Pentagon is worried China, or another foreign nation, or even a private entity could hack the database of a DNA-testing company and obtain the precious human data.
Less than three months ago, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva publicly announced his police department would not be using the LA County Covid testing provider due to ties with China.
Los Angeles Times reported that Villanueva sent a letter to the LA County Board of Supervisors informing them the FBI contacted him multiple times to warn of “the serious risks associated with allowing Fulgent to conduct COVID-19 testing.”
Villanueva said the tests are “not guaranteed to be safe and secure from foreign governments” because the company collecting the samples, Fulgent Genetics, would likely share the data with China.
Of course, Fulgent’s chief commercial officer, Brandon Perthuis, dismissed the accusation and said the company doesn’t share personal data.
In December of 2020, author of “The Coming Collapse of China” Gordon Chang appeared on Fox News and warned the communist nation’s obsession with DNA collecting poses a threat to America.
“The coronavirus is not the last pathogen that will be generated from Chinese soil. And so we’ve got to be concerned that the next disease is more transmissible and more deadly than the novel coronavirus,” Chang said.