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deCODE Lauds Federal Legislation to Ban Discrimination on the Basis of Genetic Information
Date:4/25/2008

ate with advances in science and medicine. Genetic information is deeply personal, but we have to be able to share it and analyze it in order to contribute to better healthcare, not only our own but also for that of people around the world and of our children and grandchildren. My hope is that this sort of legislation will help to ensure that people will be able to participate in research and utilize the rapid advances in genetics to preserve and improve their health, without fear that knowledge about their own genome might somehow later be used against them. Once these protections are in place, we must also work to ensure clear and high standards are set for the scientific rigor and technical quality of the genetic testing that is available, encouraging individuals, employers and healthcare providers to embrace the health and economic benefits these can provide," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE.

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deCODE is a biopharmaceutical company applying its discoveries in human genetics to the development of diagnostics and drugs for common diseases. deCODE is a global leader in gene discovery -- our population approach and resources have enabled us to isolate key genes contributing to major public health challenges from cardiovascular disease to cancer, genes that are providing us with drug targets rooted in the basic biology of disease. Through its CLIA-certified laboratory, deCODE is offering a growing range of DNA-based tests for gauging risk and empowering prevention of common diseases, including deCODE T2(TM) for type 2 diabetes; deCODE AF(TM) for atrial fibrillation and stroke; deCODE MI(TM) for heart attack; and deCODE ProCa(TM) for prostate cancer. deCODE is delivering on the promise of the new genetics.(SM) Visit us on the web at http://www.decode.com; on our diagnostics website at http://www.decodediagnostics.com; and, for our
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