Looking back at the very earliest oceans, Dr. Itay Halevy found that they started off acidic and gradually became alkaline. His work sheds light on how levels of ocean acidity in the past were controlled by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, an important process for understanding the effects of climate change, as today the oceans are again becoming acidic.
March 15, 2017
Lice are a perennial plague upon schoolchildren – and their parents. This is particularly true because the miniscule parasites are very difficult to get rid of. Israel21c reports on two new Israeli methods, including Novokid: developed by Weizmann grads, it's a nontoxic, highly effective treatment system that is on track for approval in Europe and the U.S.
March 12, 2017
Prof. Eran Hornstein discovered that a small molecule already on the market for a different disease can also be active in treating ALS. As
March 08, 2017
The Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), which supports cancer research at Weizmann, shares the story of Jewish hockey player Sam Fields, who was felled by aggressive CML just before turning pro. His life was saved, thanks to Gleevec, for which the Institute’s Prof. Eli Canaani helped lay the foundation.
March 08, 2017
On February 28, 2017, American Committee donors of all giving levels were invited to join a special conference call with CEO Marshall S. Levin. More than 100 donors from across the country participated. Mr. Levin spoke on the topic of “Science at the Leading Edge: Latest Breakthroughs from the Weizmann Institute of Science.” He opened with an overview of the Weizmann Institute and its reputation as a relatively small institution with “an outsized impact” on the world. He then discussed the Institute’s game-changing research on the aging brain, as well as the work of its Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine. Through these and other initiatives, the Institute seeks to improve the quality of life of every person on the planet.To listen to the recording of this call, we invite you to
March 07, 2017
As the Atlanta Jewish Times reports, students from the Atlanta Jewish Academy are taking part in the Weizmann Institute’s International Safe-Cracking Tournament for the second consecutive year. In the tournament, teams from all over the world use the principles of physics to build a safe, and try to break into each other's constructions.
March 06, 2017
Guy Nir, a doctoral student at the Weizmann Institute, writes in The Jerusalem Post about black holes - e.g., what they are, how they are studied, and the like. This easy-to-read explanation sheds light on some of today’s greatest astrophysics discoveries.
March 02, 2017
Prof. Yosef Yarden, “among the most important cancer researchers in the world,” is receiving the 2017 Israel Prize in Life Science Research. Prof. Yarden discovered the function of an enzyme that leads to cancer, a finding that laid the foundation for the development of new cancer treatments. The Israel Prize is considered the country’s highest honor.
March 02, 2017
The Wall Street Journal reports on “tour de force” research by Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal that “sheds light on how eating and sleeping habits can contribute to disease by disrupting the bacteria in the digestive tract.” This is another major step toward personalized nutrition and personalized medicine.
February 27, 2017