How Finland is Teaming up with Pharma to Identify Genetic Variants in Disease

How Finland is Teaming up with Pharma to Identify Genetic Variants in Disease

The country's FinnGen Project seeks to use its unique population bottleneck and cohesive health records to drive genetic insights.

Deep in the belly of the University of Helsinki, large metallic cylinders line a basement lab. While the setting is clinical, scientists have added a playful touch with snow-themed name tags on each of the vats. Still, the mission of the lab is serious — inside “snow queen” and “snow castle” lie genetic samples that could potentially help decode genetic variants responsible for disease.

Finland is unique 

Finland came onto the world stage last year when it was named “happiest country” by Forbes. But it isn’t just their happiness scores that make the Finnish people unique. 



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