Promising Genomics: Iceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation / Edition 1

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Part detective story, part expose, and part travelogue, Promising Genomics investigates one of the signature biotech stories of our time and, in so doing, opens a window onto the high-speed, high-tech, high-finance world of genome science. In a luminous account, Mike Fortun investigates how deCODE Genetics, in Iceland, became one of the wealthiest companies of its kind, as well as one of the most controversial, with its plan to use the genes and medical records of the entire Icelandic population for scientific research. Delving into the poetry of W.H. Auden, the novels of Halldor Laxness, and the perils of Keiko the killer whale, Fortun maps the contemporary genomics landscape at a time when we must begin to ask questions about what "life" is made of in the age of DNA, databases, and derivatives trading.

About the Author:
Mike Fortun is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520247505
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Fortun is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Techology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 LavaXLand 1

Ch. 2 FriendXAdvance Man 24

Ch. 3 FastXFast 28

Ch. 4 CounterfeitXMoney 49

Ch. 5 KariXdeCODE 54

Ch. 6 DogXWhale 65

Ch. 7 HistoryXFable 70

Ch. 9 TrustXGullibility 82

Ch. 10 DistanceXComplicity 114

Ch. 11 NonXGovernmental Organization 136

Ch. 12 IcelandXWorld 159

Ch. 13 PublicXPrivate 175

Ch. 14 Open FutureXSafe Harbor 183

Ch. 15 ManiaXFundamentals 191

Ch. 16 PromiseXDisclosure 196

Ch. 17 Yahoo!XFinance 210

Ch. 18 SameXDifference 223

Ch. 19 PresumedXConsent 240

Ch. 20 GenomicsXSlot Machines 253

Ch. 21 EthicsXExpediency 266

Ch. 22 EverythingXNothing 276

Forward Looking 291

Notes 293

Bibliography 315

Index 325

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