Saudi academics call for mandatory premarital genetic screening

A number of Saudi experts, academics, as well as young men and women have called for premarital screenings to be made mandatory as this would help prevent genetic disorders and the transmission of certain diseases among newly-married couples.

The experts noted that there is a growing trend among prospective couples to try to bypass the regulation. There are large numbers of young Saudi men and women who still get married despite the high risk of genetic disorders being passed down to their offspring and experts believe this is one of the major reasons for a rise in hereditary and transmittable diseases such as sickle-cell disease and thalassemia in Saudi society, according to a report in Al-Riyadh Arabic daily.

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