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CDC Says 10% Of COVID Swabs Sent to Genome Lab, Raising Privacy Questions

f you took a COVID-19 PCR test, there's a chance your swab may have been sent to scientists around the globe for genomic sequencing analysis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

In a tweet, the CDC said five to 10 percent of COVID PCR tests are sent to labs for mapping "genomic sequencing." Genomic sequencing is a process used to analyze the genetic makeup of viruses. However, the announcement made by the CDC has sparked human DNA privacy questions.

Remember that #COVID19 nose swab test you took? 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: @WIRED @CDC_AMD

— CDC (@CDCgov) February 16, 2022

Its' [PCR tests] being used by scientists all around the world to track the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants," the CDC said in the video.

People took to Twitter Wednesday questioning the CDC's motives, alleging that people's DNA is being taken without consent.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wrote on Twitter, "Did the @CDCgov get permission from people to take their DNA???"

Did the @CDCgov get permission from people to take their DNA??? — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 16, 2022

Another person alleged that conspiracy theories surrounding government DNA harvesting are true.


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