One answer to the question “Where is the limit of Iceland?” would be “three miles offshore,” but only if you were a fishing boat and only if it was 1901. That was the territorial fishing limit declared by Iceland at the time, although Denmark was in the business of declaring such things for Iceland in 1901. Like all industries of the future, genomics is replete with the phrases and concepts of the industries of the past. Mining is a popular trope—data mining, genome mining—but another term also became popular: “gene fishing.” A fishing license, some fishing limits to keep other people out, and perhaps a government-sanctioned fishing quota system would be of use as well, although these kinds of basics tend to get overlooked in the glare of fine equipment and flawless technique that we associate with doing science deCODE Genetics and CEO Kári Stefánsson got some version of all of these from the Icelandic nation in the first such arrangement of its kind, but certainly not the only one.
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