June 15, 1998

Icelanders Put deCODE Genetics and Roche on Ice

Corporate Gene Hunters' Bid for Monopoly on Icelanders' DNA put on Hold

The Iceland government has been forced to postpone a bill to give genomics company, deCODE an exclusive license to collect current and retrospective medical information about all Icelanders into a central database and the sole right to commercial exploitation. A number of major concerns were cited in the announcement to postpone the initiative.

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