Iceland is in the news. Iceland is a small island nation with a population of about 340,000 in the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s not covered in ice — that would be Greenland. This small nation is one of the oldest democracies in the world, established in 930 C.E., with the founding of the country.

A big news story this past year was the Icelandic national soccer team qualifying for the World Cup and then shocking the world by tying Argentina 1-1 in the first round. The other big news is advances in personalized medicine. Iceland has a fairly homogeneous population and extensive genomic DNA databases, making it possible to identify citizens predisposed to specific diseases by simply asking a computer to search the database.

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