The ground breaking work aims to help identify people most at risk from life-threatening conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
The study, undertaken in the UAE, found that the pair’s genetic material showed strong similarities to people from Central or South Asia.
Researchers used a process known as Whole Genome Sequencing to carry out the analysis, which has never been used on Emirati citizens before. The information compiled will lead to the identification of target genes that could lead to the development of novel therapeutic [treatments]. It could lead to improvements in the delivery of precision medicine, quality of life for affected individuals and a reduction in healthcare costs.”