What if You Knew When You Were Going to Die?

A visit to the world’s largest human genome library, maintained by deCODE, a groundbreaking Icelandic corporation that is able to predict the length of a person's lifespan

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Stefansson, in his office.
Stefansson, in his office.Credit: Heia Helgadttir
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv

REYKJAVIK – About 1,200 years ago, a rumor spread among Vikings from the Scandinavian lands about an island that had been discovered in the North Atlantic. Visitors to the mysterious island related that there were icebergs, fish and salt on its shores, and inland there were volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. Winter on the island is hard, they said, but summer offers ample compensation. In short order, the island became known as the “land of fire and ice.”

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