Located at the crossroads between Europe, Africa, and Asia, the populations of the Middle East have for too long been overlooked by major initiatives to catalogue human variation, maintains Fahd Al-Mulla, Kuwait University's head of molecular pathology.

"It's been ignored by everybody," said Al-Mulla, citing the absence of Arab participants in the Human Genome Project, the three phases of the Human HapMap Project, and the 1000 Genomes Project.

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