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Leading British scientist John Sulston has donated almost a third of the prize money awarded to him by an Israeli university to advance Israeli-Palestinian research on genes that cause deafness in both populations.

Last year, Sulston was one of three scientists to share the US$1 million Dan David prize for life sciences which is awarded by Tel Aviv University. He previously contributed US$100,000 for Israeli student scholarships (see Windfall spurs Israel-Palestine research efforts), but has now decided to donate a further US$100,000 to cover the costs of several Palestinian graduate students who will spend time at the university.

Scientific cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians has been severely affected in recent years by the ongoing conflict in the region. Until three years ago some 200 joint research projects were carried out.

Link to news article in British Medical Journal

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