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Physicians Wary of Scheme to Pool Icelanders' Genetic Data

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Science  14 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5379, pp. 890-891
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.890

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Discord over a plan to put the health records of every citizen of Iceland into a huge database, and then grant a private company the right to analyze and market the data, has reached a new pitch. Late last month, the Icelandic Health Ministry unveiled a new bill that would make such a deal possible. Although the measure seems to have widespread public support, it has come under sharp attack from some of the people whose backing will be critical to make the scheme work: physicians and scientists.