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November 20, 2022

Down to the Synapse: Connecting Brain Circuits to Behaviour

When a threat is looming and an escape route is open, one would expect any animal to flee imminent danger. But when microscopic worms faced a threatening signal in a...

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November 18, 2022

Weizmann Institute scientists reveal how viruses outwit cellular immune systems

We are used to thinking of the immune system as a separate entity, almost a distinct organ, but the truth is much more complicated. Breakthroughs in recent years – some...

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November 4, 2022

Weizmann Institute scientists observe NASA asteroid shooter in action

NASA’s first-ever interception of an asteroid happened in full view of researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, who documented the collision’s debris last Tuesday. DART impact as seen...

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September 30, 2022

Human Tumours Are Prized Real Estate for Fungi, Study Finds

Cancer tumours contain multiple species of fungi that differ per tumour type, according to a large study led by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the University of...

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September 9, 2022

Putting Liquid Biopsies on Solid Ground: Cancer Diagnosis from a Millilitre of Blood

Blood tests – simple, noninvasive and economically feasible – promise to become the next major milestone in cancer diagnosis. However, most of these tests, dubbed liquid biopsies, are currently not...

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August 26, 2022

Neurons Caught Rapidly Switching Gears

Even during routine tasks such as a daily stroll, our brain needs to shift gears, switching from navigating the city to jumping out of the way of a bike or...

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August 20, 2022

Sweetness That Comes at a Price: Sugar Substitutes May Affect the Human Body in Unanticipated Ways

Non-nutritive sweeteners – also known as sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners – are supposed to deliver all the sweetness of sugar without the calories. But a controlled trial conducted by...

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August 5, 2022

The Viruses That Fight Disease: A Surprising Precision Weapon against Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

The myriads of microbes in our gut, collectively termed the microbiome, are considered important to our health, but they can also harbour bacteria that contribute to inflammatory bowel disease or...

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August 3, 2022

Without Egg, Sperm or Womb: Synthetic Mouse Embryo Models Created Solely from Stem Cells, Outside the Uterus

An egg meets a sperm – that’s a necessary first step in life’s beginnings, and it’s also a common first step in embryonic development research. But in a Weizmann Institute...

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June 28, 2022

Curbing Candida: The Cells That Keep Fungal Infections at Bay

Of all the fungi that live in the human body, the most infamous is probably the yeast Candida. This distant cousin of baker’s yeast is notorious for causing various types...

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June 25, 2022

Scent of a Friend: Similarities in Body Odour May Contribute to Social Bonding

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers have found that people may have a tendency to form friendships with individuals who have a similar body odour.  The researchers were even able to...

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June 14, 2022

The Heat Is On: Weizmann Institute Scientists Uncover Traces of Fire Dating Back At Least 800,000 Years

They say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and Weizmann Institute of Science researchers are working hard to investigate that claim, or at least elucidate what constitutes ‘smoke’. In an...

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June 1, 2022

Changing the Channel: Study Sheds New Light on a Promising Antidepressant

Ketamine, a well-known anaesthetic used in smaller doses as a party drug, was hailed as a “new hope for depression” in a Time magazine cover story in 2017. Two years...

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May 27, 2022

Harder Winters, Stronger Storms: New Data Reveals Climate Change Might Be More Rapid than Predicted

The Earth’s climate is changing faster than we expected. A new study led by the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals that storms in the Southern Hemisphere have already reached intensity...

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May 27, 2022

Settled at Birth: Blood Vessels Remember Their Origins

Our family origins tend to shape our future in many ways. A Weizmann Institute of Science study, published in Nature, found that the same holds true for blood vessels. The...

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April 25, 2022

Designing Proteins Just Got a Lot Easier

Studies at the Weizmann Institute of science is shows that AI is providing researchers the means to design biomolecules with a huge range of valuable functions – from medicine to...

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April 6, 2022

Getting Under the Skin of an Autoimmune Disorder

Supporting actors sometimes steal the show, and in a new study published this week in Cell, researchers, headed by Professor Ido Amit at the Weizmann Institute of Science, showed that...

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April 1, 2022

Mutations in Noncoding DNA Protect the Brain from ALS

Genetic mutations linked to a disease often spell bad news. Mutations in over 25 genes, for example, are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and they all increase the risk...

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March 24, 2022

Antibodies Fight Cancer Too

Immunotherapies for cancer rely on recruiting the patient’s immune system, but they still fall far short of tapping into the entire arsenal of the body’s natural defences. In fact, most...

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March 23, 2022

Israel Joins the Quantum Computing Club

Building a working quantum computer is such a daunting venture that many believe it is only for tech giants and superpowers, something on a scale beyond Israel’s reach. However, Professor...

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