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  • Saudi: High incidence of genetic disorders detected in babies

    09/19/2002 9:50:22 PM PDT · by tictoc · 25 replies · 395+ views
    Arab News ^ | 20 September 2002 | Javid Hassan
    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...