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KáriXdeCODE

Mike Fortun

in Promising Genomics

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/9780520247505.003.0005
KáriXdeCODE

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If the distinction between the promised Health Sector Database and the corporate entity deCODE Genetics was a fine one, that between deCODE and its CEO Kári Stefánsson was practically fissureless. This near conflation between CEO and corporation was not unusual in the 1990s. One need only think of Michael Dell and Dell Computers, Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com, Larry Ellison and Oracle, or Bill Gates and Microsoft. While Kári and deCODE did not share the popular appeal that these Internet and computer CEOXcorporations did, the fortunes of the bioinformatics-intensive genomic companies of the late 1990s could be just as tightly bound to the celebrity status of their CEOs as the more generic informatics-intensive companies. Here in the lava land of genomics, all roads seem to lead to Iceland. A year before Craig Venter and his company Celera were lionized in The New Yorker, Michael Specter profiled that other celebrated genomic amalgam, KáriXdeCODE.

Keywords: Health Sector Database; deCODE Genetics; CEOs; Kári Stefánsson; Iceland; genomics; genomic companies; Craig Venter; Celera; Michael Specter

Chapter.  4762 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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