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Promising Genomics: Iceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation

Michael Fortun and Roberto Reis


Part detective story, part exposé, and part travelogue, this book investigates one of the signature biotechnology stories of our time and, in so doing, opens a window onto the high-speed, high-tech, and high-finance world of genome science. It investigates how deCODE Genetics, in Iceland, became one of the wealthiest, as well as one of the most scandalous, companies of its kind with its plan to use the genes and medical records of the entire Icelandic population for scientific research. Delving into the poetry of W. H. Auden, the novels of Halldór Laxness, and the perils of Keiko the killer wh ... More

Keywords: genome science, deCODE Genetics, Iceland, genes, medical records, scientific research, W. H. Auden, Halldór Laxness, killer whale, DNA databases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247505
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Fortun, author

Roberto Reis, editor

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