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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

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Schizophrenia and Other Mental Disturbances

Iceland would seem to be another unlikely place to find genetic studies of mental health being carried out. Nestled up there in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, next stop the Arctic Circle, it is famous for icebergs, glaciers, and winter days that are about as long as a soccer game and doubtless just as dull. Nights are another matter since Reykjavik is also renowned for the beauty of its women, and quite the party culture has grown up there. For the past decade, Iceland has been home to the most ambitious, controversial, and in many respects productive, human genetics study on the planet.

The reason for this is that a prodigal son named Kari Stefansson returned from Harvard in 1996 to set up ...

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