Population Databases Boom, From Iceland to the U.S.

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Science  08 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5596, pp. 1158-1161
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5596.1158

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Countries and health providers are following the path Iceland's deCODE Genetics blazed 5 years ago and combining health and genetic data on large populations. They promise to deliver "personalized" medicine, but will they? Some ethicists also worry that data won't remain confidential and suggest that companies, which will play a role in some projects, should not be allowed to profit from people's genetic heritage.

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