As The Telegraph reports, ""a new generation of immunotherapy drugs for cancer may also help reverse Alzheimer's disease."" They're referencing the work of Prof. Michal Schwartz, who investigates the immune system's role in neurological diseases. And since the cancer drugs are already in use, they may be able to quickly reach Alzheimer's sufferers.
January 18, 2016
Striga – aka witchweed – infests more than 405 million acres of sub-Saharan land, causing African farmers to lose up to 100% of their crops, resulting in widespread hunger and financial hardship. StrigAway, an herbicide developed by a group that includes the Weizmann Institute, keeps the weed from attaching to the plant – and improves life for around 100 million people.
January 14, 2016
The Institute's Prof. Joseph Imry has won the 2016 Wolf Prize in physics, deemed a strong indicator of winning the Nobel Prize. As The Times of Israel states, Prof. Imry is ""considered the ‘founding father' of mesoscopic physics,"" the study of objects so small they're invisible to the naked eye; thus, he laid the foundation for the crucial field of nanoscience.
January 13, 2016
The Atlantic reports that new findings by Dr. Ron Milo overturn long-held ideas about us and our microbes. The generally accepted microbe-to-person ratio was 10:1, meaning that we would be exponentially outnumbered by our bacteria. But Dr. Milo and his team have found that the proportion is more like 1:1 – and that just using the restroom can change the balance.
January 08, 2016
Young entrepreneur Rebecca Perl writes about her path from typical teen to biotech pioneer. At Camp Inc., which teaches kids business skills, she and some friends had the idea of creating an app to help diabetics manage their disease. American Committee CEO Marshall S. Levin, a speaker at Camp, connected her with Weizmann scientists who could help.
December 17, 2015
Five students have been chosen to represent The Gregory School at the Weizmann Institute's International Safecracking Tournament, reports The Gregorian Chant. The Tucson high-schoolers will spend months using physics to construct their safe, heading to Israel in April 2016 to compete against kids from all over the world.
December 15, 2015
Prof. Oded Aharonson was an astrophysics star at Caltech, including remotely driving NASA rovers on Mars. But when the Weizmann Institute offered him the opportunity to come home and help lead Israel into space, he couldn't say no. Haaretz interviews Prof. Aharonson, who heads the Center for Planetary Science and is guiding Israel's first moon shot.
December 14, 2015
A blood test for early detection of Alzheimer's disease, based on Prof. Michal Schwartz's research, exceeded Alzheimer's Association standards in recent trials. Now, NeuroQuest, the firm behind the test, has announced it will be working with UC San Diego on clinical validation. The test may be able to identify the disease many years earlier.
December 10, 2015
Haaretz interviews Weizmann's Dr. Karina Yaniv, ""a chemist and biologist conducting groundbreaking research in embryonic development [who] tackles the mother of all questions: When does life begin?"" She explains why her basic research is so crucial, and why studying aborted fetal tissue is not only acceptable, but an obligation.
December 02, 2015