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DNA achievement makes Pakistan sixth in the world 

05 Julie 2011 10:31:31 nm

DNA achievement makes Pakistan sixth in the world


‘Genome mapping’ will help curing diseases and giving detailed information of every single Pakistani


Pakistan in collaboration with China ‘Beijing Genomics Institute’ has developed Genome structure of Pakistani citizens which will tell us our future disease and detail information of every Pakistani and to also know about their identity and race.


Now we would be able in near future to do DNA test in Pakistan, then we can reduce crime rate as well, and it would be a very handy tool for our Police and other law enforcing agencies.


Pakistan became 6th country in the world to perform this task while United States, Europe, Africa, India and Jewish citizen’s genome maps were already being developed. If our youth is supported and diverted to positive and healthy activities, we can no doubt do wonders but the need of the hour is that we should only give education to our young generation which is outnumbered the aged people present in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry, head of the project, got volunteered support of Dr. Atta Ur Rehman who is former federal minister and Patron of Karachi University’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences.   Genome of a living person is like an image that has all the information about him. It can be termed as software that carries information in it. Like where his ancestors came from, how is his personality, his physical features, how is the color, the ethnicity and mental capacity, etc.

More details such as what diseases he/she is suffering from or which diseases are likely to attack are also made available. All this information is coded in the Genomes. Elaborating further on genomes; Dr. Iqbal said that there are 300 hundred billion genomes in one human cell.

This Project cost a total of $ 40,000 out of which half was paid by China’s Beijing Institute.

Genome maps of different areas of Pakistan will be developed in the coming days and DNA testing will start in Gawadar and costal areas in the first phase. Genome maps of residents of Kalash will also be developed.