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Estonia Prepares for National DNA Database

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Science  06 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5489, pp. 31
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5489.31

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TARTU, ESTONIA-- A government-led effort to compile DNA and health information on most Estonians should soon have legal standing; now organizers are looking for investors to help pull it off. Estonia expects to raise between $100 million and $150 million for a project, set to being next year, that would compile data on 75% of the country's 1.4 million citizens. Officials hope that the database will not only allow researchers to track down disease genes and improve health care but also boost Estonia's budding biotechnology sector.