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ICELAND'S PLAN FOR GENOMICS RESEARCH: FACTS AND IMPLICATIONS

Henry T. Greely
Jurimetrics
Vol. 40, No. 2 (WINTER 2000), pp. 153-191
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29762639
Page Count: 39
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Abstract

The government of Iceland has authorized a private, for-profit firm, deCODE Genetics, to construct a database of the population's medical records as part of a larger plan by deCODE for human genetics research. This article presents the background for genetics research in Iceland, the history of deCODE, and the terms of the law authorizing the database. It then examines five objections to the law, based on commercialization, lack of informed consent, risks to privacy, the effects on other research, and financial unfairness. It concludes that the Icelandic model is not a good precedent for similar research elsewhere.

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