This study showed the genetic material of Arabs. In the past the same was done for Caucasian, African, Chinese and Korean individuals and had been studied and published. This was the first time such a study was conducted for Arabs.

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How does Arab genome different from other genomes?


Abdulkareem, I.


BMC Genomics

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15 (Suppl 2)

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Molecular Pathology and Genetics, DPLM, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  COM, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



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