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Molecular Genetics Unit

In the UAE, recent estimates indicate that there may be more than 250 genetic diseases affecting nearly 50 genes. The DNA diagnostic services aim to assist physicians, health professionals, hospitals, and clinics to effectively manage the clinical needs of their patients and their families. Furthermore, a precise DNA diagnosis provides experts a clear genotype-phenotype correlation which helps in correct, optimal, cost-effective therapeutic regimens. Determination of mutation in a genetic disease provides invaluable understanding and setting up of prognostic measures and outcome culminating in better patient management and future follow-up decisions. Genetic counselling of patients, couples and families with confirmed genetic abnormality helps them understand the genetic basis of their abnormality, risks and the management approaches as well as future plans, choices and options.

Molecular Genetics diagnostic lab offers DNA tests for :

-      Hemoglobinopathies : (Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Disease and Abnormal Hemoglobin),

-      Cystic Fibrosis and

-      Fragile-X.

Prenatal Diagnosis for Thalassemia (PND) :  is offered to pregnant women at high risk for B-Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Disease and combinations thereof through chroinic villus sampling (CVS). Early detection of a genetic abnormality can culminate in the prevention of a thalassemic birth by informed choice.

Premarital Screening Program : for ALL prospective couples in the Emirate of Dubai, including UAE Nationals and Residents. The aim is to identify and characterize individuals with hemoglobinopathies; b-thalassemia, a-thalassemia, sickle cell disease and hemoglobin variants. Precise determination and provision of precise genetic diagnosis at premarital stage ensures informed future decision, family planning and enhancement of DHA Healthcare standing. 

Molecular Genetics Service List 

Molecular Genetics test request for non-DHA referrals 



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