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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

In this chapter, the author narrates his trip to Húsavík, Iceland for a meeting with deCODE Genetics CEO Kári Stefánsson. Kári and the deCODE team were presenting their plans, wants, needs, wishes, and demands to a group of about fifteen physicians, nurses, and administrators. In this milieu, the author was at a sign nadir, clueless as to what was being said. But Kári was smooth, working the floor, speaking softly and confidently, pausing at the overhead projector to point to one of the few simple Icelandic phrases on the PowerPoint transparency. There was some questioning, but it was easy to tell that everyone seemed pleased, especially the deCODErs. Up in a corner of the meeting hall, on the wall near the ceiling, there were two fading words written in neat script: uppruni hvala, which means “origin of whales.”.

Keywords:   Húsavík, Iceland, deCODE Genetics, Kári Stefánsson, whales

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