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Promising Genomics

Michael Fortun

Edited by Roberto Reis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520247505
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247505.001.0001
Promising Genomics

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Part detective story, part exposé, and part travelogue, this book investigates one of the signature biotechnology stories of our time and, in so doing, opens a window onto the high-speed, high-tech, and high-finance world of genome science. It investigates how deCODE Genetics, in Iceland, became one of the wealthiest, as well as one of the most scandalous, companies of its kind with its plan to use the genes and medical records of the entire Icelandic population for scientific research. Delving into the poetry of W. H. Auden, the novels of Halldór Laxness, and the perils of Keiko the killer whale, the book maps the contemporary genomics landscape at a time when we must begin to ask questions about what “life” is made of in the age of DNA, databases, and derivatives trading.

Keywords: genome science; deCODE Genetics; Iceland; genes; medical records; scientific research; W. H. Auden; Halldór Laxness; killer whale; DNA databases

Book.  343 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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