Estonia Wants to Collect the DNA of All Its Citizens

The global shift to personalized medicine is here and the Baltic country of Estonia is no exception. Recognizing before them the opportunity to advance the country's healthcare system, the national biobank program currently holds the genetic information of 52,000 Estonians. The volume of samples remains a far reach from their 1.3 million inhabitants, but ever closer to the reality of a publicly accessible foundation for the personalized medicine approach to take hold, not to mention the vast clinical research opportunities available to enhance care for this largely "homogenous populace". Author Katharine Schwab continues with a look at the promise of banked genetic information, as well as the regulations in place to maintain the protection of participating individuals.