Interview: Breaking the barriers

Michael Bond in New Scientist:

20050223_interview_1Palestinian Moien Kanaan and Israeli Karen Avraham are on opposite sides of one of the world’s most bitter conflicts, yet they are working together – under very different conditions – to uncover a genetic basis for hearing loss.

They are investigating the genes behind inherited deafness with Mary-Claire King at the University of Washington in Seattle, on a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Their collaboration is also part-funded by money from the Dan David prize, which allows a Palestinian from Bethlehem University to study in Avraham’s lab in Tel Aviv.

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