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Iceland OKs Private Health Databank

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Science  01 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5398, pp. 13
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5398.13a

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The Icelandic parliament has given a private company permission to build a database containing the health records of the entire nation. The company, deCODE Genetics of Reykjavik, expects this information to greatly speed up its search for disease-causing genes, on which diagnostic tests and therapies could be based. But critics of the controversial legislation, passed 16 December, immediately pledged to find ways to block its implementation.