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deCODE: A Genealogical Approach to Human Genetics in Iceland

  1. Jeffrey R Gulcher,
  2. Kari Stefansson

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006270

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How to Cite

Gulcher, J. R. and Stefansson, K. 2006. deCODE: A Genealogical Approach to Human Genetics in Iceland. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. deCODE Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

Abstract

The identification of genes contributing to diseases provides the most direct method for discovering the rate-limiting molecular pathways involved in their pathogenesis. deCODE has built a system of information in Iceland, linking medical information from patients who have given them specific informed consent, disease by disease, to a nation-wide genealogy database and their molecular genetic information.

Keywords:

  • genealogy;
  • Iceland;
  • genetics;
  • common disease;
  • genotype