Qatar launches gene mapping to combat diseases

December 10, 2013

The Gulf state of Qatar on Tuesday launched a genetic code mapping project for its small population to help in treating diseases.

The "Qatar Genome" project is a " for future treatment," said Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the wife of the former emir, at the opening of the World Innovation Summit for Health in Doha.

"Innovation is not only in finding a new medicine, it is in finding solutions to reduce the need for taking the medicine," she said.

Qatar has a population of 2.1 million, including some 300,000 Qatari nationals.

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday launching a mapping project aimed at identifying the basis of chronic diseases prevalent in the desert kingdom.

The Saudi programme will work over five years on sequencing 100,000 human genomes to study both normal and disease-associated genes specific to the Saudi population.

Explore further: Saudi begins gene mapping to research diseases

Related Stories

Saudi reports two new cases of MERS virus

November 9, 2013

Saudi Arabia has recorded two new cases of the MERS virus, the health ministry said on Saturday, a day after authorities in neighbouring Qatar reported one new case.

Qatar announces fourth MERS death

November 22, 2013

An expatriate living in Qatar has died of MERS, bringing to four the number of deaths in the Gulf state from the coronavirus, health authorities said on Friday.

Qatar announces third MERS death

November 19, 2013

An expatriate living in Qatar had died after he contracted MERS, bringing to three the number of deaths from the coronavirus in the Gulf state, health authorities said Tuesday.

MERS case in Qatar

August 20, 2013

Health authorities in Qatar on Tuesday announced the first case of MERS coronavirus in the Gulf state, with a 59-year-old man infected.

Recommended for you

Epigenetic factors linked to obesity-related disease

January 17, 2017

Obesity has been linked to "letter" changes at many different sites in the genome, yet these differences do not fully explain the variation in people's body mass index (BMI) or why some overweight people develop health complications ...

Are you ready to explore baby's genome?

January 17, 2017

When you have a baby, a nurse or a phlebotomist performs a heel stick to take a few drops of blood from your infant and sends it off to a state lab for a battery of tests. Most of the time, you never hear about the results ...

Study applies game theory to genomic privacy

January 17, 2017

It comes down to privacy—biomedical research can't proceed without human genomic data sharing, and genomic data sharing can't proceed without some reasonable level of assurance that de-identified data from patients and ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.