Funding for Iranian Genome Project

PARSA Foundation awards $250,000 to unique Stanford research As a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle, PARSA Community Foundation announces a $250,000 grant to the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University for the "Iranian Genome Project," a one-of-a-kind initiative for better understanding of the genes of the Iranian population.

Researchers at various universities and companies have been working on genetics and genomics. However, the genetics of the Iranian population has never been studied before. There is no base data on which to evaluate the risk factors of new drugs, as they are being developed, for people of this ethnic background. This population-specific information is crucial to understanding the health benefits and risk factors of certain drugs. It also helps researchers explain history of a certain population in more depth.

Although all humans are 99.9% identical, the small differences are very important to uncover. While most genetic research has been conducted on people of European descent, this project promises to shine a bright light on the Iranian people, and makes it easier for scientists interested in personalized medicine to focus on genetics relevant to Iranians. After the project is completed, the resulting data will be made available in the form of scientific publications as well as public databases which will give pharmaceutical companies and credentialed researchers the ability to do follow-up scientific investigations and develop drugs that are compatible to this population.

PARSA CF is delighted to provide private and philanthropic support for such a bold and pioneering work. First in the world to do so, the Stanford research team is in the process of collecting DNA samples from more than 50 Iranians, representing various ethnicities, and has extensive plans to analyze the data >>>


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Good Idea.

by pedro on

I welcome any effort that may explain where and when the Persian gene was mixed up with other genes since some so called Iranians are pretentious, self promoting, self centered, selfish, jealous, habitual critic of Iranian talent, constant complaints in their posts devoid of nice words and praise for other fellow Iranians and a Perpetual source of negative energy.   

I am Persia. I pray to Ahoura Mazda



by comments on


"Conservatives are more likely to embrace science if it comes to them via a business or religious leader, who can set the issue in the context of different values than those from which scientists often argue."



by R2-D2 on

I can't stop laughing ..... !

P.S. Well Done ;) !



Ali A Parsa

Waste of money

by Ali A Parsa on

Sharing 99.1 % of my genes with other human beings and singing Saadi's Bani is good enogh for me and 99.1 % of the people and I dismiss the 0.9% as the margin of error. Where is a compelling evidence that study of genome has helped Europeans in ways that it has not helped us? Parsa Community is knwon for not putting its money where its mouth is and promoting the people and causes that are immaterial in our troubled world. I bet that in preseny economically hard times Stanford is delighted to accept this money that they know is for promotion of Parsa Community. It would be far better to spend this money for educating more Iranian or Iranian-American kids who would in turn conduct such research in the future, still after the proof of its justification. Here is a much cheaper version of Saadi's Humanity Genome and not only Iranian, European, etc. My translation of the genome into English will follow.

بنی ادم اعضای یکدیگرند

که درافرینش زیک گوهرند

چوعضوی بدرداوردروزکار

دگرعضوهارانماند قرار

توکزمحنت دیگران بیغمی

نشایدکه نامت نهند ادمی

Regardless of color, creed and shape of our face,

We are members of Familyof Man or The Human Race.

If one members ails and I don't offer solace,

In the Family of Man I don't deserve a place.







by ComraidsConcubine on

 $250 thou is a PR token and has zilch to do with actual research. 

Anyway, I'm outtahere before my tiny amounts of braincells is oppressed into more pea-mush 


ignorance is such a bliss....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Comments, thank  you for being spot on with regards to applications of this research and the peripheral comments made here.

BTW, in engineering we have a concept referred to as  "white noise" which defiens completely uncorrelated, statistically random noise in communications systems which we  suppress electronically by design.  I am thinking of new applications for white noise suppressions circuits in!

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."



by comments on

This is one of the great projects that I have ever seen concerning Iranians.  When genomics (mapping of all genes) of Iranians are discovered they will be correlated with so many other parameters such as cancer biomarkers and etc.  Those types of research were done and very benefitial for whites and blacks populations, but not for brown color Iranians because of the IRI research priorities! 

Please don't act like an idiot and comment what yourself really don't believe.


Raoul of all omniscient deities!

by ComraidsConcubine on



Yo, broff hominid, watch it or one of my virtual phenotypes will go plastic, spastic ballistic and bite you! Like Eye-ranian style!


So Iranians

by Raoul1955 on

Have their own 'genome?'   How about the islamic 'genome?'
Also, how the 'islamic genome' gets 'mixed' with other 'genomes' should be of interest to those folks who think this is for real. :-)


Siamack Baniameri

by ComraidsConcubine on

 It's seriously idiotic pseudo scientific trash. It's a bit like the Templeton Foundation rediscovering god in a McDonald's family deal. Even Templeton know better.

The hilariously sad bit of these genetic superiority/under the guise of medical differentiation retards is that - actually, I could go on, but even to their own retarded standards there are so many eye-ranian-born  American geneticists, who, if they even bothered with such plebs, would just roll their eyes in disbelief. 

Even I know, even I!,  that the National Geographic has been gathering data for years. And that is a popular source of information. 

If anything, something has to be done about the past few decades of funding resources in universities within the UK on the US model: it's disastrous! Shameful! 

$250 PR token, it's truly disgusting. 

Ari Siletz

Worthy project.

by Ari Siletz on


"It also helps researchers explain history of a certain population in more depth."

Preparing to avoid an unnecessary idenity crisis is a good idea. It may turn out that our genes and our mythology disagree as to our origins. No big deal!



by deev on

We'll know scientifically why we're so awesome!

Siamack Baniameri

Genes of Iranian population?!!!

by Siamack Baniameri on

Eat, sleep, talk shit.

Here is the mapping of Iranian genes! You owe me $250K