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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.

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    Defending Against Chemical Acts of Terrorism

    Thanks to Weizmann research, a new and improved version of a detoxifying enzyme produced naturally by our livers may be able to protect us against otherwise deadly chemical attacks, such as Tokyo's subway sarin incident that left 13 people dead and thousands more injured.

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    These Foods Speed Up Circadian Rhythm And Increase Lifespan

    As we age, our biological clocks wind down – but why? Weizmann's Dr. Gad Asher has found a link between the clocks and a group of metabolites called polyamines. Found in many foods, polyamines could help us fight aging. reports on the research and a polyamine-laden diet, including soybeans, corn, green peas, blue cheese.

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    The Transformation

    Writing in The New Yorker, Dr. Jerome Groopman examines whether controlling cancer is a more viable option than trying to destroy it. A new treatment for the often-fatal acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) aims to do just that by forcing immature cells to grow up, rather than turn into leukemia cells – a breakthrough that builds on the work of Weizmann's Prof. Leo Sachs.

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    Sharing Mother's Stress in the Womb Leaves Children Prone to Depression

    Weizmann's Prof. Alon Chen and colleagues in the U.K. have discovered a key part of the placenta that protects the fetus from the mother's high stress hormones; however, when this element doesn't work, the child is more prone to anxiety and depression. As The Telegraph reports, a diagnostic test could identify at-risk children.

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    What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

    One of the most evocative smells on Earth is arguably the smell of the sea – but what <em>is</em> that smell? As <em>Wired</em> reports, Weizmann scientists found the answer: a sulfur compound produced by an algae. The chemical could even play a role in controlling Earth's temperature, helping fight climate change. That makes the beach even more enjoyable!

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    Israeli/American Research Identifies Two Gene Mutations

    A team including Prof. Doron Lancet of the Weizmann Institute and researchers from Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and Duke University in North Carolina identified, for the first time, the genetic mutations responsible for two serious neurological disorders that affect Iranian and Buhkaran infants and children.