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Saudi: High incidence of genetic disorders detected in babies
Arab News ^ | 20 September 2002 | Javid Hassan

Posted on 09/19/2002 9:50:22 PM PDT by tictoc

A nationwide screening of newborn babies has brought to light high incidence of genetic disorders in the Kingdom compared to Western countries.

This was disclosed to Arab News by Dr. Stephen R.Schroeder, executive director of Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR). He said preliminary screening of 10,000-15,000 babies in Riyadh, Jeddah, Qassim and Abha has shown that these genetic disorders could have been the result of consanguineous marriages.

According to the principal investigators, Dr. Colin Hodgkinson and Dr.Vandana Bharucha, the incidence of genetic disorders among children occurs at a rate that is between five and 40 times higher than in many other countries.

"Even the so-called rare‚ genetic disorders seem to occur with greater frequency. Anecdotal evidence from tertiary medical centers in Saudi Arabia, such as KFSHRC, suggests that among these diseases are several that cause neuromuscular disorders (in which the muscles of a child develop progressively weaker eventually leading to complete incapacity, profoundly low vision and hearing loss," the investigators said.

Dr. Schroeder ,who is also the principal scientist at KFSHRC, observed that their goal is to screen 100,000 babies this year in coordination with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center. The number of samples will be increased to 250,000 next year and approximately 400,000 by 2004.

He said newborn screening program is one of the 11 different projects undertaken by PSCDR. Of these, three are nearing completion, while the rest are in the initial stages. They form part of the center’s research program, which it funds to enable researchers in the Kingdom or abroad to engage in projects related to congenital disorders.

Dr. Schroeder said some of the other projects that are in an advanced stage include one on speech and language development in children. "It is a pioneering work and represents the first attempts to develop and use some of these assessment tools in Arabic for the benefit of children in Arabic-speaking countries."

Referring to their research funding program, he said there are five categories of grants ranging from SR2 million or more to less than SR300,000.

Since PSCDR is seeking to position itself as a premier research center in the field of disability research, it is looking for partners from the public and private sectors to pitch in with donations.

"We are planning to spend SR 83 million over a five-year period on newborn screening for metabolic disorders," Dr. Schroeder said.

" We have already achieved a breakthrough by introducing tandem mass spectrometry for quicker diagnosis of genetic disorders. And through pre-implantation diagnosis we can separate healthy genes from defective ones, making it possible to cure genetic disorder before the birth of a baby, the executive director added.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: arabculture; cousinmarriage; crosseyed; lowiq; paveitover; saudi
Why mince words. They're stupid on account of they're inbred.
1 posted on 09/19/2002 9:50:22 PM PDT by tictoc
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To: tictoc
Perhaps they will breed themselves out of existence!
2 posted on 09/19/2002 9:52:14 PM PDT by seeker41
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To: tictoc
It's all the benzene fumes from their oil wells.
3 posted on 09/19/2002 9:55:59 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: tictoc
One more reason to free the Arab world...
4 posted on 09/19/2002 9:59:49 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: tictoc
Inbred, you say.....why, thar's not one of 'em that ain't related to thar king..... or his camel.
6 posted on 09/19/2002 10:04:34 PM PDT by crazykatz
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To: tictoc
Ummm . . . like father, like son, eh ???
8 posted on 09/19/2002 10:08:17 PM PDT by GeekDejure
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To: The Ghost of Richard Nixon
"Stop beating around the bush -- the camel jockeys screw their sisters."

....and their camels. What a country of sickos!

9 posted on 09/19/2002 10:10:18 PM PDT by blam
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To: tictoc
It's been my contention from the begining that it is a really shallow gene pool over there!
10 posted on 09/19/2002 10:11:24 PM PDT by mark the shark
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To: tictoc
Not to mention their religious disorder.
11 posted on 09/19/2002 10:17:24 PM PDT by Skwidd
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To: tictoc
One wonders if there is a known correlation between physical abnormalities and psychological ones (like their fascination with murder/suicides).
12 posted on 09/19/2002 10:22:04 PM PDT by mvonfr
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To: tictoc
I guess we really shouldn't be laughing about all this inbreeding, but it does explain a lot.

I inbreed cows all the time, never seen a stupid cow (at least as far as cows go), guess they bred arab's the same way.

13 posted on 09/19/2002 10:37:55 PM PDT by redhawk
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To: redhawk
sorry...bred=breed
14 posted on 09/19/2002 10:40:59 PM PDT by redhawk
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos; iconoclast
FYI, gentlemen!

This just proves my many comments about these Islamo Fascists representing the shallow end of the human genome pool.

Have fun, this is very ripe free fire zone!
15 posted on 09/19/2002 11:02:17 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
Just tell em "Kil Zeggie" (arabic for eat sh*t).........:o)Learned that in a traffic circle in Abu Dhabi !!

Stay Safe !!

16 posted on 09/19/2002 11:17:40 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: tictoc
Well, maybe now we know why they are marrying Western women and then kidnapping the children and bringing them back to Saudi.

Pretty smart genetic solution, actually. Rather like the Romans with the "Rape of the Sabine women."

17 posted on 09/20/2002 1:15:10 AM PDT by patriciaruth
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To: Squantos
Wouldn't happen to know how to say "I'm my own grampa" in Arabic would you?
18 posted on 09/20/2002 1:54:16 AM PDT by SandfleaCSC
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To: redhawk
So, what do you get if you cross a redhawk with a cow?

A red-tailed brisket?

A sharp-shinned Hereford?

Buteo jamaicensis var. worchestershire?

19 posted on 09/20/2002 2:04:40 AM PDT by piasa
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To: tictoc
Shucks, this is too easy.
20 posted on 09/20/2002 4:24:34 AM PDT by iconoclast
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To: blam
Marriage is allowed, indeed encouraged between first cousins, but not siblings, no.

Cousin marriages are common also in Mediterranean countries, and tolerated in Europe, but I have heard that they are not allowed in the United States. (Is this so?) There was some discussion of this on a literature list, and apparently some English romance novels have been altered for the US edition, cutting out cousin relationships.

The Bible states that Abraham was married to his sister, but I think that Muslims don't believe that.
21 posted on 09/20/2002 8:08:05 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: Grampa Dave
Actually there has been a bit of scientific research done in this area.

Saudi Intermarriages Have Genetic Costs

From the article... Marriages between relatives are widespread in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia, where a government study has found that 56.8% of all marriages are between first and second cousins or more distant relatives.

22 posted on 09/20/2002 8:14:25 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: BlackVeil
Most (I think all) states forbid first cousin marriages and many forbid second cousin marriages. (purebred is inbred.)
23 posted on 09/20/2002 8:15:43 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: tictoc
Are these Saudi redneck jokes?
24 posted on 09/20/2002 8:19:10 AM PDT by Consort
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To: SandfleaCSC
LOL ! .............Nope Sorry. All my insults I learned over there can't be printed here......."SandfleaCSC" Eh......that wouldn't involve a Desert USAF/SPS environment in that CSC part would it ??

Stay Safe !

25 posted on 09/20/2002 8:43:00 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: Squantos
I still have sand between my toes. :)
26 posted on 09/21/2002 9:06:20 PM PDT by SandfleaCSC
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