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Tapping Iceland's DNA

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Science  24 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5338, pp. 566
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5338.566

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A Harvard geneticist returned to his native Iceland last year to begin gathering up and indexing the heredity of the entire nation. The result, he hopes, will be the world's finest collection of family data for studying the genetic causes of common diseases. He intends to make this resource available for a fee, and for pharmaceutical companies, part of the price will be free treatment for Icelanders if the research leads to a therapy.