DeCode Denied

Iceland's Data Protection Authority has denied DeCode Genetics' request to use the country's genealogical records to estimate the genotypes of close relatives of its more than 120,000 research volunteers ScienceInsider reports. At the end of last year, Amgen announced that it was buying DeCode for $415 million.

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