Genetic testing is a process allowing the genetic diagnosis of vulnerabilities to disease and can determine a child’s genetic ancestry.
The Chinese government have ‘cracked down’ on the genetic testing business, intervening and quietly diminishing the provision of genetic tests to customers by domestic hospitals.
What testing previously existed in a legal grey area has now been clamped down on through the banning of offering health related genetic tests directly to consumers.
Authorities look to be primarily concerned with DNA-based prenatal testing, in which Chinese parents were looking to ensure the health of their child.
Around 160,000 women have taken the prenatal tests that were available, a combined consumer cost of 50bn Yuan.
The announcement named specifically prenatal testing as subject to the ban.