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Science on Tap 2014

For the fifth year, Weizmann Institute scientists will descend upon the bars and cafés of Tel Aviv for the wildly popular Science on Tap to give talks about their research, engage with patrons, and discuss profound questions. This year, 55 sites will be involved, as will actors from the Gesher Theater, who will do science-related performances.

April 08, 2014
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New German-Israeli Laboratory Inaugurated at the Weizmann Institute

The just-established Max Planck – Weizmann Laboratory for Experimental Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurogenetics, led by Weizmann’s Prof. Alon Chen, will work to untangle the complex causes of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and neurological disorders. Some 450 million people worldwide suffer from some form of mental illness.

March 05, 2014

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Time is of the Essence

Many of our biological processes follow a 24-hour “body clock.” Triglyceride (TAG) levels do as well. Strangely, when no biological clock is present, TAG levels in mice still fluctuate. Dr. Gad Asher and colleagues changed when the mice ate – and cut their TAG levels in half. Could merely changing meal time treat TAG-related diseases?

February 05, 2014

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300,000-Year-Old Hearth Found

Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross of Weizmann’s Kimmel Center for Archeological Science, part of a team of Israeli scientists, used high-tech tools to identify proof of repeated fire-building over time. The ancient hearth, found in the Qesem Cave, helps answer questions such as, “when did people begin to control and use fire?”

January 27, 2014

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New Hope for Gaucher Patients

Gaucher disease, a genetic disorder most prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews, is devastating for sufferers and their families. Now, scientists in Prof. Tony Futerman’s lab have discovered a new cellular pathway implicated in the disease. Their findings may offer a new therapeutic target for managing treatment of Gaucher and related disorders.

January 21, 2014

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Science Tips, November 2013

Three updates from the Weizmann Institute: international collaboration produces a new picture of the 3D structure of chromosomes; the world’s smallest SQUID – used to measure magnetic fields – breaks the world record for sensitivity and resolution; mysterious microglia cells are shown to play critical roles in brain disease and health.

November 25, 2013

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Ellen Merlo Elected Chair and Dr. Jay A. Levy Elected President of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

The Board of Directors of the American Committee has elected Ellen Merlo of New York as the new Chair and Dr. Jay A. Levy of California as President. They succeed outgoing Chairman Lawrence S. Blumberg of New York and President Pennie Abramson of Washington, D.C. The new officers will lead efforts to raise support for the Weizmann Institute.

November 12, 2013

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The Weizmann Institute of Science Receives 120 Million Dollars to Establish the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine

The Weizmann Institute is establishing the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine. It will serve Israel’s entire life sciences and biomedical research community, and aims to realize a vision of medicine in which treatments will be prescribed based on an individual’s unique profile.

November 11, 2013

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Nancy and Stephen Grand Donate $50 Million to Name the Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine at the Weizmann Institute of Science

The American Committee is thrilled to announce that Nancy and Stephen Grand of San Francisco, long-time friends of the Weizmann Institute, have made a historic contribution to name the Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine. The center represents the future of modern medicine, and will benefit all humanity through its research.

November 05, 2013

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New Stem Cells Go Back Further

One challenge in using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) – which are “reprogrammed” regular cells – is that they retain traces of their former identity (e.g., skin cells). Dr. Jacob Hanna has now created iPSCs that are completely reset to the earliest possible state. This could lead to applications such as custom-grown transplant organs.

October 31, 2013

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