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Fred Hutch Scientist Loses Her Sight, But Not Her Vision

Robert Hood
Fred Hutch
Maxine Linial is a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Maxine Linial is a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and one of the world's leading researchers on an obscure group of microorganisms called simian foamy viruses.

She’s been at the Hutch for 40 years looking through microscopes in the lab and studying swirling cells in petri dishes. However, that changed very suddenly five years ago.

While Linial was going for a run, a car ran her over. She was rushed to Harborview and spent months in the hospital, only to go blind. Sound Effect’s Gabriel Spitzer talks with Linial about the accident that changed her perspective forever — and how she managed to return to the lab.

Originally aired September 17, 2016

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.
Sound Effect producer Allie Ferguson has been making radio for nearly 5 years. She got her start at KUOW and has since traveled the country working for national news shows including WNYC's The Takeaway and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Allie won a 2016 Gracie Award, which celebrates women in media, for her work at KUOW. She enjoys telling surprising stories about passionate people.