Scientists at the University of Karachi have mapped the genome of the first Pakistani man with the help of the Beijing Genomics Institute.
“Our nation is a mix of a lot of races,” said Prof. Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, who heads the project. “Pakistanis are like a “melting pot” ie a mix of Mughals, Turks, Pashtuns, Afghans, Arabs, etcetera.”
The achievement places Pakistan in the ranks of the few countries - US, UK, China, Japan and India - which have successfully sequenced the human genome as well. The work was done by Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine & Drug Research at the University of Karachi. This also makes Pakistan the first country in the Muslim world to map the genome of the first Muslim man.
“According to the researchers, the newly sequenced Pakistani genome has uncovered a multitude of Pakistan-specific sites which can now be used in the design of large-scale studies that are better suited for the Pakistani population,” said Dr Choudhary, who is the director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences at Karachi University.
The first Pakistani genome has been mapped using a recently developed technology, 10 years after the first human genome was discovered. It took 10 months to accomplish the task and the individual who has been genetically mapped is a resident of Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2011.
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@american pakistani: I don’t get your comments as terrorism has to do with genome mapping? and if it is so then it should have been found in american genome definitely
Great job! i dn understand what the hell readers are discussing here! Obviosly it was possible for Pakistan but it is little delayed due to people like the readers here.
Great job! i dn understand what the hell readers are discussing here! Obviosly it was possible for Pakistan but it is little delayed due to people like thexy readers here.
GOOD luck Karachi.. The Effort is Appreciatable :)
@Rock: well There are Certain TAG genes that'll allow you know the Ethnic background ov the person.. living or dead.. its used in Crime Spot invertigations bu FBI or Forensic Science Institutes!