National, Regional Iranome Project launched

National, Regional Iranome Project launched
ID : N-1064 Date : 2018/01/16 - 11:43

(Persia Digest) – The first national and regional project of comprehensive data base for Iranian human genome project (Iranome) was launched at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences. 

The inauguration ceremony for Iranome National Project was held with the presence of Dr Sorena Sattari, Vice President of Science and Technolog, Dr Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi Minister of Health and Medical Education, and Dr Reza Malekzadeh, Deputy Health Minister.

By implementation of this worthy project that includes tracking the genomic sequence of eight Iranian ethnic peoples, the center for Genetic Research of the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences has succeeded in transferring a highly advanced technology on tracking the sequence of the new generation of genome (NGS) to our country, providing the possibility for all research centers of basic sciences, medicine and person-centered medicine in our country to benefit from the specialized information recorded at this center, especially for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases.  

This data base already includes data related to the genome of 800 healthy individuals over the age 35 with distinctive characteristics of 8 Iranian ethnic races including Fars, Azeri, Kurd, Arab, Lur, Baloch, Turkmen, and the inhabitants of the Persian Gulf littorals. From each ethnic group, one hundred individuals were studied and their data without mentioning their names and personal particulars were given code numbers and recorded at this data base.

One million and 368 thousand genetic mutations have been observed in these individuals and some of them are similar to other societies, while 30% of these genetic mutations equivalent of 422 thousand genes have not been observed in any other people and are special only to Iran.

Information recorded in this specialized data base is the criterion for comparing the genetic mutations in individuals in different peoples of Iran, so that by studying them and comparing them, ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat genetic diseases can quickly be found.

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