Estonian Genome Center: genetic data in the public’s interest
The Estonian state plans to accelerate the development of personalized medicine and use genetic information as a part of clinical medicine. The first gene donors in Estonia provided samples in 2002. In 2005, there were already more than 10,000 gene donors. By the end of 2011, yet another 40,000 donors had accrued. Five years ago, when Genome Centre director Andres Metspalu presented his vision of personalized medicine and talked about how genetic data could be used in people’s own interests, it still struck many as a futuristic idea.
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Annely Allik, University of Tartu Institute of Genomics communication manager, annely.allik [ät] ut.ee