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Concept: Bedouin


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been associated with genetic and environmental factors, including urban living. IBD was rare in the Israeli Bedouin community 30 years ago. Over recent decades, a large proportion of this community has undergone a transition from a nomadic to a western lifestyle. Our aim was to carry out an updated evaluation of the clinical and epidemiological features of IBD in the Bedouin sector of southern Israel.

Concepts: Inflammation, Epidemiology, Disease, Ulcerative colitis, Inflammatory bowel disease, Prevalence, Israel, Bedouin


This paper develops an agent-based computational model of violent political revolutions in which a subjugated population of citizens and an armed revolutionary organisation attempt to overthrow a central authority and its loyal forces. The model replicates several patterns of rebellion consistent with major historical revolutions, and provides an explanation for the multiplicity of outcomes that can arise from an uprising. The relevance of the heterogeneity of scenarios predicted by the model can be understood by considering the recent experience of the Arab Spring involving several rebellions that arose in an apparently similar way, but resulted in completely different political outcomes: the successful revolution in Tunisia, the failed protests in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and civil war in Syria and Libya.

Concepts: Saudi Arabia, Bedouin, Egypt, Arab League, Arabic language, Iraq, Rebellion, Revolution


Host genetics, environment, lifestyle and proximity between hosts strongly influence the composition of the gut microbiome. To investigate the association of dietary variables with the gut microbiota, we used 16S rDNA sequencing to test the fecal microbiome of Bedouins and urban Saudis and we compared it to the gut microbiome of baboons living in close contact with Bedouins and eating their leftovers. We also analyzed fermented dairy products commonly consumed by Bedouins in order to investigate their impact on the gut microbiome of this population. We found that the gut microbiomes of westernized urban Saudis had significantly lower richness and biodiversity than the traditional Bedouin population. The gut microbiomes of baboons were more similar to that of Bedouins compared to urban Saudis, probably due the dietary overlap between baboons and Bedouins. Moreover, we found clusters that were compositionally similar to clusters identified in humans and baboons, characterized by differences in Acinetobacter, Turicibacter and Collinsella. The fermented food presented significantly more bacteria genera common to the gut microbiome of Bedouins compared to urban Saudis. These results support the hypothesis that dietary habits influence the composition of the gut microbiome.

Concepts: Human, Bacteria, Gut flora, Nutrition, Saudi Arabia, Bedouin, Dairy product, Yemen


The State of Kuwait is characterized by settlers from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The settlements and subsequent admixtures have shaped the genetics of Kuwait. High prevalence of recessive disorders and metabolic syndromes (that increase risk of diabetes) is seen in the peninsula. Understanding the genetic structure of its population will aid studies designed to decipher the underlying causes of these disorders. In this study, we analyzed 572,366 SNP markers from 273 Kuwaiti natives genotyped using the illumina HumanOmniExpress BeadChip. Model-based clustering identified three genetic subgroups with different levels of admixture. A high level of concordance (Mantel test, p=0.0001 for 9999 repeats) was observed between the derived genetic clusters and the surname-based ancestries. Use of Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP) data to understand admixtures in each group reveals the following: the first group (Kuwait P) is largely of West Asian ancestry, representing Persians with European admixture; the second group (Kuwait S) is predominantly of city-dwelling Saudi Arabian tribe ancestry, and the third group (Kuwait B) includes most of the tent-dwelling Bedouin surnames and is characterized by the presence of 17% African ancestry. Identity by Descent and Homozygosity analyses find Kuwait’s population to be heterogeneous (placed between populations that have large amount of ROH and the ones with low ROH) with Kuwait S as highly endogamous, and Kuwait B as diverse. Population differentiation FST estimates place Kuwait P near Asian populations, Kuwait S near Negev Bedouin tribes, and Kuwait B near the Mozabite population. FST distances between the groups are in the range of 0.005 to 0.008; distances of this magnitude are known to cause false positives in disease association studies. Results of analysis for genetic features such as linkage disequilibrium decay patterns conform to Kuwait’s geographical location at the nexus of Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Concepts: Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula, Mecca, Middle East, Bedouin, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq


The prevalence of unplanned pregnancy in Saudi Arabia has not been thoroughly investigated.

Concepts: Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula, Middle East, Bedouin, Jordan, Arabic language, Yemen, Iraq


We report here the main characteristics of ‘Arabia massiliensis’ strain Marseille-P3078(T) gen. nov., sp. nov., ‘Gordonibacter massiliensis’ Marseille-P2775(T) sp. nov. and ‘Bacilliculturomica massiliensis’ strain Marseille-P3303 gen. nov., sp. nov. The culturomics approach combined with taxonogenomics was used to characterize these strains, which were all isolated from a faecal specimen of a 50-year-old Saudi Bedouin woman.

Concepts: Saudi Arabia, Mecca, Bedouin, Egypt, Kuwait, Arabic language, Yemen, Al-Hasa


We report here the main characteristics of ‘Blautia phocaeensis’ strain Marseille-P3441 sp. nov. and ‘Lachnoclostridium edouardi’ strain Marseille-P3397 sp. nov., that were isolated from a faecal specimen of a 42-year-old female Saudi Bedouin. We used a bacterial culturomics approach combined with taxono-genomics.

Concepts: Saudi Arabia, Mecca, Bedouin, Egypt, Kuwait, Arabic language, Yemen, Al-Hasa


Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an emerging viral zoonosis that impacts human and animal health. It is transmitted from animals to humans directly through exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues of infected animals or via mosquito bites. The disease is endemic to Africa but has recently spread to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Our aim was to compare two major outbreaks of RVF in Saudi Arabia (2000) and Sudan (2007) from a One Health perspective.

Concepts: HIV, Malaria, Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula, Bedouin, Jordan, Arabic language, Red Sea


A confidential inquiry by the Directorate General of health affairs, Makkah region, Saudi Arabia, found physicians were resistant to enter patient-related information in the electronic medical records system at different hospitals. This study aims to highlight their computer literacy needs.

Concepts: Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh, Mecca, Bedouin, Jeddah, House of Saud, Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia


Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a serious complication of pregnancy. Studies investigating the risk factors that worsen outcomes have yielded conflicting results. The goals of this study were to describe the clinical and echocardiographic characteristics of PPCM in a single tertiary center and to determine the prognostic factors associated with persistence of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in these women.

Concepts: Childbirth, Obstetrics, Sociology, Cultural studies, Bedouin, Peripartum cardiomyopathy