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Newsweek Names deCODE CEO Influential Scientist

US magazine Newsweek has named Icelandic biotechnologist Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCODE Genetics, one the world’s ten most influential scientists in biotechnology and deCODE one of the world’s key companies involved in genetic sciences.

The article where Stefánsson is mentioned is entitled “The Ten Hottest Nerds.” Stefánsson told Fréttabladid he could not vouch for whether he is a “hot nerd” or not, but said he was pleased by the compliments.

“I haven’t seen the article, so I don’t know who the other nine are, but if the company is good, I guess it’s all right to be included,” Stefánsson said, adding he hopes deCODE will live up to the expectations mentioned in the Newsweek article.

Other “hot nerds,” according to Newsweek, include George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, and Svante Paabo, manager of evolution genealogy at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

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