Given the international attention accorded the recent Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, another historic cross- cultural event taking place in Israel has received somewhat less publicity. Khaled El-Shami, a surgical intern from Alexandria University Hospital, has become IsraelUs first doctoral student from Egypt. The 29-year-old El-Shami, who holds a masterUs degree in molecular biology from the University of Sussex in England in addition to an M.D. from the University of Alexandria, will be spending the next four years at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot studying the use of genetic engineering in cancer therapy. According to El- Shami, the adjustment to his new surroundings and colleagues was made easier by his strong friendship with several Israeli students while at Sussex. His decision to choose Weizmann, however, was mainly professional. "There are only a few leading centers in the world where advanced studies are being carried out on gene therapy for cancer," he explains....
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