THE ICELANDERS – A MODERN VIKING SAGA
This television documentary tells a highly controversial story.
It started with the hunt for MS-genes, but this research project
became more and more comprehensive. The genetic factors behind
illnesses such as cerebral infarction, Alzheimer, several types
of cancer, and schizophrenia are also being investigated. Iceland
has had little immigration during the last thousand years and Icelanders
have always kept an accurate genealogical account. One also has
access to health records as far back as 1915. This, together with
DNA analyses, provides a unique foundation for tracking-down the
genes that are responsible for causing disease. But many feel that
the researchers have exploited them.
Decoding the Icelanders received an international prize at the
Teleciencia, in Portugal in 2002, a festival for science programmes
made specifically for television.
The programme has been shown on NRK1 and was sold to several
foreign television stations.
Programme length: 52 min.