UAE heading towards genome era
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Genomes - an organism's complete set of DNA, including all of its genes - of any two people are more than 99 per cent the same.
The UAE is always at the forefront of providing best to its citizens and this is true for the generations to come. The current indication of setting up state-of-the art genome centre proves that the leadership of the country firmly believes in creating a healthy society for its citizens.
As early as 1963, the World Health Organisation (WHO) observed that genetic considerations can add a new dimension to public health work - a concern not only for the health and wellbeing of persons now living, but also for generations yet to come.
Genes are stretches of DNA - the chemical substance that makes up genetic material - that serve as a sort of tutoring manual telling our body how to make the proteins and perform the other tasks that your body needs.
Genomes - an organism's complete set of DNA, including all of its genes - of any two people are more than 99 per cent the same. Still, the tiny fraction of the genome that varies among humans is very important. These DNA variations are part of what makes each of us unique. They affect the colour of your eyes, hair and skin. They also influence the risk of a disease and response to drugs.