Research in Focus

December 22, 2021

Muscle Repair Study Could Lead to Better Cultivated Meat

One day the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Professor Eldad Tzahor peered into his lab’s microscope and saw steak. As part of Tzahor’s research into repairing muscle tissue, Dr Tamar Eigler,...

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December 12, 2021

Going Out with a Bang

In the not-so-distant past, the discovery of a supernova – an exploding star – was considered a rare occasion. For example, when Professor Avishay Gal-Yam of the Weizmann Institute’s Particle...

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December 11, 2021

Gut Microbes May Drive Weight Gain after Smoking Cessation

Cigarette smoking, practiced by over a billion people worldwide, is considered a leading cause of disease, accounting for over six million deaths each year. Many people don’t quit smoking, despite...

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December 11, 2021

Insulin-Making Cells Discovered in Foetal Gut

An exclusive ‘licence’ for making insulin in the human body belongs to the beta cells scattered throughout the pancreas. But because beta cells can become scarce or dysfunctional in people...

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December 2, 2021

Bacteria and Plants Fight Alike

A brown blotch on a plant leaf may be a sign that the plant’s defences are hard at work: When a plant is infected by a virus, fungus or bacterium,...

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October 29, 2021

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Measured in Depth for the First Time

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is up there with the rings of Saturn and the blue marble of Earth for solar system icon status. In a study published this week in Science,...

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October 16, 2021

Making Cancer Immunotherapy More Accessible

Immunotherapy has sparked new hope for people with cancer, but for it to work, the patient’s immune system must be able to ‘see’ the tumour. There are ways of enhancing...

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October 9, 2021

Cells and the City

Tracing the evolution of protein maintenance in cellular ‘boroughs’, students of the Weizmann Institute’s Professor Dan Tawfik’s have now published their study following his untimely death. When we contemplate the...

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September 26, 2021

When Particle Physics and Artificial Intelligence Collide

A new research pilot by Weizmann Institute scientists uses artificial intelligence to unravel the mysteries of colliding particles “Our work is similar to inspecting the remains of a plane crash...

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September 10, 2021

Rediscovering the Nucleus

A novel imaging method reveals a surprising arrangement of DNA in the cell’s nucleus as reported by the Weizmann Institute of Science. If you open a biology textbook and run...

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August 23, 2021

Putting a Super Cork on the Coronavirus

A new therapeutic approach developed by Weizmann Institute scientists could spell new hope in the battle against COVID-19. Even though vaccines may be steering the world toward a post-pandemic normal,...

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August 14, 2021

When the Brain’s GPS Goes Off the Grid

In a new study just published in Nature, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers, in collaboration with colleagues from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, unveiled for the first time how three-dimensional...

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August 10, 2021

‘Emotional COVID-19’: How the Global Pandemic Affected the Mental Well-Being of Israelis

During the six weeks between the end of the first COVID-19 outbreak in Israel and the beginning of the second one (late April to early June of 2020), researchers at...

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July 21, 2021

Jupiter’s Super Polar Cyclones are Here to Stay

Weizmann Institute scientists have revealed how gigantic cyclones remain stable at both of Jupiter’s poles.  Until recently, before NASA’s Juno space probe entered its orbit around the planet Jupiter, no...

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July 13, 2021

Disease Signs Are in the Matrix

New research from the Weizmann Institute of Research shows that changes to the extracellular matrix could point to the future development of inflammatory bowel diseases. The morbidity rate of inflammatory...

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June 27, 2021

An Unusual Way to Die

New research that reveals the details of an alternative cell death may lead to new therapies for a variety of diseases. Unlikely causes of death, like lightning, may strike out...

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June 15, 2021

Following the Footsteps of Humankind out of Africa

A study recently published in PNAS looks at an important chapter in our anthropological evolution and suggests that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals were far from strangers. The Boker Tachtit archaeological...

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May 30, 2021

Right Off the Bat: Navigation in Extra-Large Spaces

New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science has found that bats navigating in an innovative extra-large experimental setup reveals an unknown neuronal code. The brain is often likened to...

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May 23, 2021

A Natural Food Supplement May Relieve Anxiety

A natural food supplement reduces anxiety in mice, according to a new Weizmann Institute of Science study. The plant-derived substance, beta-sitosterol, was found to produce this effect both on its...

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May 15, 2021

Brain Research Gets a Boost from Mosquitos

Can a protein found in a mosquito lead to a better understanding of the workings of our own brains? Professor Ofer Yizhar and his team in the Weizmann Institute of...

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