The King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC) on Monday joined hands for the establishment of the Saudi Genome Subsidiary Program laboratory at SBAHC. The lab will serve as a research platform for the detection of genetic causes of diseases. KACST President Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris and SBAHC CEO Abdullah bin Hamad bin Zarah signed the agreement. KACST, as the implementing agency for the Saudi Human Genome Program and the incubator for the program’s central laboratory, will provide genome encoding and second generation devices for scientific analysis. It will process vital data and link it to the national database and support the researchers to boost their performance.
SBAHC is one of the prominent Saudi facilities that provide specialized healthcare services to patients, especially children with rare disabilities caused by genetic disorders.