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  1. Iceland Is a Paradise for Geneticists, but Privacy Advocates Are Pushing Back

    In one of the world’s most genetically homogeneous countries, an ambitious program aims to catalog the entire nation’s DNA. With little immigration and a 1,100-year-old genealogical record, assessing the genetic makeup of Iceland’s 320,000 citizens may allow scientists to isolate faulty genes responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s. While a third of Icelanders have already donated samples, an opposition campaign is gaining traction, raising questions over whether the social endeavor to advance medicine should trump individuals’ right to privacy.

    BBC Magazine

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