To put the health of Emiratis first, the President of the United Arab Emirates has just unveiled a National Genome Strategy.

United Arab Emirates has just unveiled a National Genome Strategy.

In an effort to offer more individualized medical treatment for the people living in the United Arab Emirates, government officials there have begun a project that will map the genetic makeup of every Emirati in the country. This initiative will cover the whole nation. This initiative is one example of how the United Arab Emirates is working towards its goal of providing its citizens with individualized medical treatment.


During the introduction of the National Genome Strategy, President Sheikh Mohamed, Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid were all present.


Over 400,000 individuals have already participated in the study by giving researchers blood samples and DNA cheek swabs, which has supplied the researchers with crucial information on the overall health of the country.


As part of this effort, we want to gather one million different samples in their own right.


If the researchers in the medical sector were successful in finding what they were seeking, it would bring them one step closer to being able to provide individualized therapy.


The opportunity to improve the accuracy of medical diagnostics for diseases brought on by DNA changes arises from the sequencing of genomes.


A rundown of the plan’s five most important basic elements may be found as follows:


Having a structure in place that is made up of laws and governance that is already functioning well.

It is necessary to work towards the development of a data architecture that is not only uniform but also protected against unauthorized access.

Developing capacity for new cutting-edge research in genomics as well as developing capabilities for research in

directing the majority of attention toward genetic applications that are in line with the objectives of the public health system

Establishing productive alliances in order to hasten the completion of projects at the highest possible level and with as little waste of time and resources as is practicable

The United Arab Emirates (commonly known as the UAE) has a long tradition of being one of the most inventive countries in the world in the disciplines of science and education. This status has been earned over the course of many decades. According to what Sheikh Mohamed said at the launch, our major goal is to enhance the standard of living of our people as well as their access to medical care to the maximum degree that is practically possible.


It is estimated that the work will be completed within the following ten years after it has begun.




According to Sarah Al Amiri, the Secretary General of the Emirates Genome Council, the proposal is one of the most comprehensive genomic efforts ever made anywhere in the world. This information was provided by Sarah Al Amiri. She further said that the initiative would promote preventative and tailored therapy for patients by involving research and medical institutes from all around the United Arab Emirates in its implementation.


When medical staff is more educated to understand the genetic makeup of the people they serve, they will be better able to provide individualized treatment strategies for each specific patient. Ms. Al Amiri, who also holds the office of Minister of State for Public Education and Future Technology, is quoted as saying



“At the moment, the data for the whole genome sequencing of somewhere in the neighborhood of 400,000 distinct persons are stored in our database. Our objective is to collect one million samples from throughout the whole of the United Arab Emirates, and we are requesting the involvement of each and every individual who resides inside the borders of the nation.


The researchers have issued a statement that has been made public, which reads as follows: “The study will help specify the genetic health risks for each citizen, allowing for preliminary prevention and personalized precision treatments.”



There are now a lot of different therapy programs that are in the process of having work done on them at this very moment. These programs make use of genetic information that is easily accessible. Among these initiatives is the first personalized precision medicine program for oncology in the region, which will initially focus on programmes for breast cancer, enhanced pre-marital genetic screening, pharmacogenomics, and many other

programmes that will be introduced in the near future. All of these programs will be implemented very soon. The sophisticated pre-marital genetic screening program will have a significant emphasis on breast cancer as its primary target.


It will also aid medical practitioners in the execution of preventive actions to limit the frequency of specific diseases, therefore making it feasible for early intervention, and it will assist in picking the treatments that have the highest rate of success.


What does it mean, exactly, to “study the genomes of populations,” and how does one go about performing that kind of research?

The study of population genetics has led to the development of an innovative method that can be used in order to trace the lineage of either an individual person or a group of people. This method was created in order to:



When referring to human beings, the term “population genomics” most often refers to the application of technology to the study of how different genes contribute to an individual’s state of health and happiness. This research is known as “genetic epidemiology.”


Researchers are now in a position to assess data that was previously unavailable, such as genetic diversity, and grasp how it is related to a broad range of illnesses as a consequence of breakthroughs in biotechnology and artificial intelligence. This has allowed researchers to make significant strides in the fight against a variety of diseases.


When researchers get access to more data, which is directly proportional to the number of samples that a laboratory can collect, they can draw up a more accurate image of how the Emirati genome behaves. This is because the number of samples that a laboratory can obtain is directly proportionate to the amount of data that can be accessed.


At the moment, here at the G42 facility, we are in the process of collecting samples for the Emirati Genome Project.




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