Icelandic Ambassador Speaks on DNA Project

Posted: February 27, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Social Work Program sponsors a lecture today by Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, Icelandic Ambassador to the United States and Canada. The event is held in Mason Hall, Room D3 at 1:30 p.m.

Hannibalsson’s lecture, “DeCode Genetics,” focuses on the ethics of the national DNA experiment in Iceland. The experiment uses the unique characteristics of the Icelandic population to discover the genetic roots of common diseases. The combination of population, homogeneity, and extensive genealogical and medical records in Iceland makes it a rich resource for identifying the genetic basis of disease and health.

Hanibalsson’s visit and lecture supplement the curriculum taught in the Social Work class, Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services. For more information, contact Miriam Raskin at x32024 or

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