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    Cuban Faces of 2016 – Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974)

    Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) / 14ymedio

    14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel
    Urquiola, a biologist and doctor of science, has participated in several
    research projects on Cuban biodiversity, especially related to marine
    and terrestrial species. He directed an international research project
    carried out between the University of Havana, the Museum of Natural
    History of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin on the origin and
    settlement of the Sierra de los Órganos in Pinar del Río.

    This year Ruiz Urquiola was expelled from the Marine Research Center
    under the official charge of unjustified absences, but, according to the
    biologist, it is a plot against him because the the authorities of the
    scientific center do not consider him “trustworthy,” because of his
    political leanings.

    In October of this year the biologist was arrested three times for
    demanding the medicines needed by his sister, a cancer patient who
    urgently needs te monoclonal antibody Trastuzumab, which must be
    supplied every 21 days. After a hunger strike and a vigil outside the
    Havana Oncology Hospital, Ruiz Urquiola managed to restart the
    administration of the drug to his sister.

    Source: Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) /
    14ymedio – Translating Cuba –

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