A new report from the Chinese government has raised questions about a California-based lab conducting genetic tests to determine the parentage of endangered species. The report, released by the Chinese State Forestry Administration, relates to the activities of the California Genetic Testing Lab in El Segundo.
The report claims that the lab has been providing genetic testing services for wildlife, specifically the U.S. endangered species. According to the report, the lab has been collecting samples from wild animals in the United States and transporting them to China for testing. Furthermore, the report indicates that in some cases, such as the testing of several species of apes, the lab was allegedly collecting samples without the permission of U.S. authorities.
The California Genetic Testing Lab has largely denied the allegations contained in the Chinese report. However, the lab has admitted that it has been contracted by some Chinese companies to conduct genetic tests on species that are not currently under the protection of US or international law.
In response to the report, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has opened an investigation into the activities of the California Genetic Testing Lab. The agency is looking into whether or not the lab has violated any federal regulations. The investigation is also examining whether the lab has been in compliance with international regulations.
The issue of testing endangered species without the permission of US authorities is a contentious one. Many environmental groups have expressed concern about the potential implications of this kind of testing. They argue that genetic testing of endangered species should be conducted in a responsible manner and with the explicit approval of relevant authorities.
The new report from the Chinese government has highlighted the potential risks associated with the activities of the California Genetic Testing Lab. It is now up to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate the allegations and take action if it finds any wrongdoing.