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In the Palestinian territories, science struggles against all odds

Image on left is a Palestinian scientist at work, image on right is a security checkpoint

Left: Abdul-Rahman Sawalma extracts DNA from a blood sample at Al-Quds University in the West Bank. Right: Palestinians cross the Qalandiya military checkpoint to enter Jerusalem in the early morning. Credit: Heidi Levine for Nature

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Nature 563, 308-311 (2018)


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  • Correction 29 November 2018: An earlier version of this story located Mohammad Herzallah at the wrong campus.


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