The UAE using genomic data and artificial intelligence to enhance the healthcare

Despite traditional medicine gradually turning to genomic studies for new therapies, countries around the world have opted for this growing trend in recent decades, yet the Arab World seemed to be lagging behind; that was until the Emirati Health Department unveiled its latest project, the Genome Program.

The Genome Project is a national program aimed at using genomic data and artificial intelligence to enhance the health and well-being of United Arab Emirates citizens. This seeks to use advanced techniques of genomic sequencing to provide people with their own genome to be incorporated into the management of health care.

For this reason, Artemis, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, will be used by Group 42 to evaluate such an immense amount of data and build patterns and observations for medical professionals to use in their study. More precisely, the program aims to sequence an Emirati-specific reference genome for UAE residents that can provide a large sum of medical information.