Entries for August 2013

Pioneers of Disease-Oriented Population Genetics

TMF's biobanking working group visits biobanks in Iceland

July 15, 2013. Iceland is the only country in the world that is able to use high-risk genetic variants with a high likelihood of common diseases in order to actually prevent diseases. With deCODE genetics, three university biobanks and biobanks run by professional societies the country has a research infrastructure that makes it possible to exploit the opportunities arising from the special characteristics of the Icelandic population and its historical development. Both technology and research results can nevertheless be also applied to the European population, according to Icelandic biobank experts on a visit paid by the TMF biobanking working group to Reykjavik on July 8, 2013.