The National- News: Young Arabs could benefit from UAE genes discovery

17th Feb 2017

Mutation may hold key to treatment of hereditary illnesses

ABU DHABI // UAE scientists have uncovered genetic mutations that are responsible for rare diseases in Arab children.

The discovery will help with the early detection and treatment of some of the world’s most serious and rare diseases, doctors said.

Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali, director of the Center for Arab Genomic Studies (Cags), which is affiliated to the Shiekh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, said that a joint research project between Cags and Latifa Hospital revealed links between “12 hereditary rare diseases among Arab children and 16 new genetic mutations in 14 genes”.

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