Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum agreed officially on forming a Genomics Council on Tuesday, state news agency WAM reported.
The UAE Genomics Council, headed by Abu Dhabi Executive Council member Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, plans to oversee and guide the execution of the genome program into the country’s healthcare system.
The new council has been set up to improve the UAE’s efforts to carry out preventative measures against genetic disorders, disabilities and mortality rates. It will also oversee the government’s execution of the program and propose necessary rules and regulations, in collaboration with health regulators, to govern the field.
Regulating data acquisition and storage, establishing a system for issuing ethics and consent approvals for genomic programs and supporting innovative therapies for rare conditions are also among the council’s responsibilities.
Genomic sequencing can be useful in tackling health crises. This is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic because it could help authorities identify issues and address them quickly, a bioinformatician for the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Center in Sweden, Gytis Duda told online news media Nature.
Accurate genomic studies could ensure better prevention of genetic and chronic issues in future generations, essentially reshaping the future of healthcare policies, Dubai Media Office reported on Tuesday.