US funds study of local genetic diseases [pg. 4]

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv has made a $300,000 grant to Tel Aviv University's Center for Middle East Genetic Diseases under the US Agency for International Development's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Program. In all, the ASHA program has now approved $1 million in support funds for the TAU Center, which was created to study genetic diseases endemic to the Palestinian, Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish populations. The center is implementing new programs - research to develop new treatments, clinical diagnostics, prenatal and genetic counselling and public health education - to benefit the Arab population and provide services not otherwise available to it. The embassy said on Wednesday that it will work with the TAU center to confront critical health challenges in the Middle East.