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The main obstacles facing any project which genetic research in the Arab countries are the scarcity of statistical data about the overall ratio spread and the lack of funding due to a lack of public awareness of genetics and genetic diseases.
Professor Tahir Cherkaoui said of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Center for genetic studies - that genetic diseases are one of the most common in the Arab states of health problems, which form a burden on infrastructure, health care and the local economy.
"We hope to see more progress in genetic research in the Arab world, but it is unfortunate that the greatest Arab researchers in this field currently resides in Canada, but his research and findings priceless still of great benefit for all of humanity.
Professor Cherkaoui said: "Those who can donate money to support genetic research do not have enough information on this subject; as we are suffering from a shortage of human resources in this important area. I was surprised when I came to the UAE 18 years ago that there was no expert One of Clinical Genetics, was not even in the UAE University Department of genetic diseases in the Faculty of Medicine. "
He said he was establishment of the Arab Commission for the study of genetic diseases in America by 30 Arab world in order to study genetic diseases prevalent among the Arab population. To this day unsound practices save the hospital records in the region is still one of the main obstacles to get a clear picture of the spread of genetic diseases, that these records of great importance when we worked for a fruitful research in this area.
"We first need to know what are the diseases that we need to focus on what are the diseases that can be ignored, but the collection of such data remains a problem in the Arab world where that each country has its own process of collecting data with a resistance to change.
Professor Cherkaoui added: "We need a unified data base of genetic diseases; and we are currently working on the establishment of such a rule and try to work with scientists from across the Arab world to find a common system among all concerned."
"The larger the size of the family the greater the chance the emergence of genetic disorders, although a lot of good efforts to deal with this problem.
Said Professor Cherkaoui: "The first goal is to treat patients and rehabilitation of people suffering from these disorders remains the ultimate goal is to reduce the spread and prevention of genetic diseases through early detection and testing prenatal tests before marriage and raising awareness among the general public in this matter. "
Said Professor Cherkaoui: "Using gene therapy to repair broken genes or prevent broken genes from causing genetic disorders is theoretically effective approach and favor because animal experiments have achieved some success. But problems arise when faced with medical science and moral and cultural objections and even religious treatment gene in humans.