The European Research Council (ERC) awards highly competitive grants to the top European research institutes and universities. Recent analysis of the success rates for all grants awarded from 2007 – 2013 puts Weizmann in first place, with an astonishing 35% of its proposals approved. In comparison, the average success rate is around 10%.
April 02, 2015
Cells send a constant stream of messages to their nuclei for making day-to-day decisions. But this rapid, long-distance communication system is vulnerable to mutations that can lead to unstopped, repeated messages – a ""spam attack"" – that promotes cancer. Now, Prof. Rony Seger and his team have identified a molecule that stops cancer cells from getting their ""mail.""
March 30, 2015
Why do we shake hands? Why do animals smell each other? These two actions apparently serve the same evolutionary purpose. A new study by Prof. Noam Sobel's lab shows that after shaking someone's hand, we sniff our own hands twice as much – and the hand we sniff depends on the shakee's gender. Such subliminal sniffing seems to help convey social information.
March 03, 2015
Four updates from Weizmann: an ancient skull may provide clues to human-Neanderthal mating; Weizmann and SpaceIL are holding an online trivia game about the moon for kids 6-18; working with Penn, scientists find that each heartbeat is a careful synchronization; the popular award for Israeli women postdocs is accepting applications.
March 02, 2015
Three updates from the the Weizmann Institute: Japan and Israel combine forces to advance brain research; new findings show that autistic brains are nonconformist; Peruvian schools adopt Weizmann's Blue Planet science education curriculum.
January 21, 2015
The American Committee received a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program to support student training at the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute. Weizmann's graduate school is one of 34 organizations to receive new grants from this program.
January 13, 2015
Weizmann's Dr. Jacob Hanna and Cambridge University scientists have made a first-in-the-world breakthrough: creating human primordial cells. The group has turned back the clock on human cells to create primordial germ cells: the embryonic cells that give rise to sperm and ova. Scientists worldwide have been pursuing this goal for several years.
December 24, 2014
How do you know which way you're going? In a first, Prof. Nachum Ulanovsky's ""bat lab"" has identified the neurons that relate to direction. They found that bats' brains contain a sort of 3D compass, enabling them to orient themselves in space. The team believes that the brains of non-flying mammals – including us – also have the 3D compass.
December 03, 2014
Prof. Haim Garty, distinguished scientist and Institute vice president, has passed away. His research shed crucial light on the processes behind blood pressure, and he made ""noteworthy, courageous decisions"" as a leader. His abiding love for the Institute began in childhood; it was a ""wonderful place, with an aura of hallowed science.""
November 30, 2014