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Despite its well-received genome-wide association scan papers, DeCode Genetics is on the brink of extinction, says Technology Review. According to the article, DeCode has spent more than $600 million, never made a profit, and has $3.7 million left as its stock hovers at 57 cents, down from $29 when the company first launched. Founder Kari Stefansson recently told investors that he is re-envisioning DeCode as a gene-based diagnostics company.

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