The Iranian Genome Project aims to provide knowledge to both the scientific and Iranian community by studying and understanding the genetic background of Iranians. Genomics is an emerging field whereby scientists map our genetic code — the language of life – and study how differences in this language leads to differences in health and disease. Knowledge of our genetic code will enable us, as Iranians, to gain a better understanding of how our genes affect our health. Moreover, it will empower us as a community by giving us data that could one day be used to create tailored treatments and drugs. As the age of personalized medicine begins, knowledge of genetic variation will be key in making sure that everyone’s unique needs are met.
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