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Monday, March 20, 2000

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Wired News Chilly Genetic Reaction
"The Icelandic public is accusing its government of taking huge payments from the company licensed to create a nationwide genetic database of the country's entire population.

A public outcry escalated last week following newspaper editorials and a forum sponsored by Mannvernd, an organization strongly opposed to deCODE Genetic's plans to create the Icelandic Health Sector Database."
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BBC News Iceland sells its genetic history
"It has never been done before and no-one really knows how successful it will be, but it has already divided the country and now the whole world is watching and waiting."

"The Icelandic Government has given a licence to a US-funded corporation to study the medical records, family trees and genetic information of each and everyone of the country's 270,000 citizens."

Icelandic Healthcare Database Overview
"A centralised database is an idea that requires this form of temporary protection in order to flourish, just as the author of a book requires copyright and, for a fixed period, exclusive right to sell the work. Without a special or exclusive licence of some form, it is impossible to establish a privately-run database."

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