Mapping the Icelandic Genome


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Anthropological curiosity turns on the complexity, excitement and danger surrounding the deCode Project. Our intent is to make this website a place for serious and sustained reflection, analysis and debate from which might emerge a community of informed participants. The questions below are meant to initiate discussions.

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In the light of the deCode agreement, does Iceland have a unique place in the political economy of science? How should we think about this situation? For example: Does it provide a solution for diasporic scientists? Is this simply an example of opprotunist exploitation?
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Does the proposed Icelandic database provide a uniquely valuable gene discovery tool? If so, what makes it unique?
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What social technologies will be associated with this project?
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Does the deCode agreement provide new legal precedents? If so, what are they and what challenges do they present?
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To what extent does the Icelandic development give us a new perspective on the ethical and moral issues that surround genetic research and the use of genetic material?
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