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Promising GenomicsIceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation$
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Michael Fortun and Roberto Reis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247505

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247505.001.0001

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Promising Genomics

Mike Fortun

University of California Press

The author has a brief history of collaboration with Skúli Sigurdsson; the first publication of his academic career was coauthored with Sigurdsson. But two different career paths on the two different tectonic plates that diverge from each other under Iceland had kept additional layers from sedimenting into the friendship. So it was really through his work as advance man in September 1998, and on later trips, that Sigurdsson and the author became friends. In September 1998, on his first trip to Iceland, the author thought that deCODE Genetics was an interesting and potentially admirable project. Other ethnographers of Iceland at the time have suggested that “Iceland is emerging as the site of biotechnology and bioethics.”.

Keywords:   Iceland, deCODE Genetics, Skúli Sigurdsson, biotechnology, bioethics, friendship

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