Seminar on DNA based testing, genetic counselling

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—DNA based testing, prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling, are vital to mitigate the impact of Hereditary and genetic diseases in Pakistan.” This was highlighted in a series of two seminars organized by the Department of Animal Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad.
The seminars were conducted by an eminent Turkish academician and researcher Prof. Dr. Asli Tolun, from Boðaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Tolun is a well-known Human Geneticist in the Mediterranean and European regions working on hereditary and rare genetic disorders.
“Hereditary and genetic diseases are common in Pakistan as well as in Turkey due to various common reasons like consanguinity, early marriages, overlapping generations and large sibships. Hereditary diseases put a tremendous impact on the lives of the patients and their families and 3-6% of the populations in the developing countries are affected by such anomalies.

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