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DogXWhale

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/9780520247505.003.0006
DogXWhale

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In this chapter, the author narrates his trip to Húsavík, Iceland for a meeting with deCODE Genetics CEO Kári Stefánsson. Kári and the deCODE team were presenting their plans, wants, needs, wishes, and demands to a group of about fifteen physicians, nurses, and administrators. In this milieu, the author was at a sign nadir, clueless as to what was being said. But Kári was smooth, working the floor, speaking softly and confidently, pausing at the overhead projector to point to one of the few simple Icelandic phrases on the PowerPoint transparency. There was some questioning, but it was easy to tell that everyone seemed pleased, especially the deCODErs. Up in a corner of the meeting hall, on the wall near the ceiling, there were two fading words written in neat script: uppruni hvala, which means “origin of whales.”.

Keywords: Húsavík; Iceland; deCODE Genetics; Kári Stefánsson; whales

Chapter.  1869 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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