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Genome Mapping in the UAE

As part of the Dubai 10X project, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is planning to map the genomes of all of its residents, starting with citizens of the United Arab Emirates, reports the Khaleej Times.

The the Dubai 10X Initiative is the brainchild of the Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In the first phase of the project, which is projected to take about 24 months, the DHA is planning to collect samples, analyze DNA, and recording the results in a database, the Times says. The second phase involves using automated learning and artificial intelligence to support disease research and help the DHA forecast future epidemics.

The DHA is collaborating with a number of other government organization, including the department of pathology and genetics and the Dubai Cord Blood and Research Center (DCRC), among others, the Times adds. The DHA has also formed a committee of genetics experts to implement the project.