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    Can Boosting Immunity Make You Smarter?

    A former PhD student of Prof. Michal Schwartz's – Prof. Jonathan Kipnis of the University of Virginia School of Medicine – has discovered that the immune system engages the brain in an intricate dialogue that may help raise IQ. As Discover reports, he first had the ""crazy idea"" in Prof. Schwartz's pioneering lab at Weizmann.

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    Bespoke Diets Based on Gut Microbes Could Help Beat Disease and Obesity

    Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal's Personalized Nutrition Project aims to change how we eat, tailoring food intake to our bodies' own needs. <em>The Guardian</em> reports that, at a conference, the two are explaining how they've ""created bespoke diets using a computer algorithm that learns how individual bodies respond to different foods.""

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    On the Probiotic Trail

    The probiotics research of Dr. Naama Geva-Zatorsky helped her win a prestigious UNESCO-L'Oreal international fellowship. But that's just the beginning of what promises to be a long career, as ""there are 10 times more bacteria than human cells in the body,"" influencing everything from health to weight to depression.

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    Weizmann Professor is Not Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

    The Jerusalem Post reports on the Weizmann Institute's Prof. Edna Mozes, who has developed a promising experimental drug that could help half of the almost 5 million people suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus. Women comprise 90 percent of those with lupus – Latin for ""wolf,"" due to a distinctive facial rash. There is currently no cure.

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    Will This Man Discover a Vaccine for HIV?

    The Weizmann Institute's Dr. Ron Diskin is giving the HIV-positive community and its allies reason for hope. Broadly neutralizing antibodies, present in 10 to 20 percent of HIV patients, are able to block the virus. As HIV Plus magazine explains, Dr. Diskin is working with these antibodies to develop better treatments or, promisingly, a vaccine.

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    Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes and Raise the Risk of Diabetes

    On NPR's <em>All Things Considered</em>, Allison Aubrey covers the Weizmann Institute's recent study on artificial sweeteners. Scientist Dr. Eran Elinav tells her that people in the study had ""significant disturbances in their blood glucose even after short-term exposure to artificial sweeteners"" – however, he and other scientists NPR interviewed stressed the need for further research.

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    We Can Restore Cognition by Manipulating Where the Body Meets the Mind

    Prof. Michal Schwartz, world-renowned neuroscientist, along with Weizmann Institute PhD student Aleksandra Deczkowska and postdoc Kuti Baruch write in Science 2.0 about their study of the aging brain, and discovering that the choroid plexus – a unique interface between the brain and the body – is involved in the aging process.

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    Six Leading Scientists to Receive Prestigious Novartis Prizes for Immunology at 16th International Congress of Immunology

    Prof. Zelig Eshhar, whose basic research led to the creation of cancer-killing T-cells, is one of six scientists to receive a 2016 Novartis Prize for Immunology. Announced and granted by the healthcare and pharma company, the prestigious prizes are ""awarded every three years for breakthrough contributions to the fields of basic and clinical immunology.""

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    Circadian Rhythms and the Microbiome: Disrupting Daily Routine of Gut Microbes Can be Bad News for Whole Body

    <em>Salon</em> reports on findings from the lab of Prof. Eran Elinav that shows that the ""gut microbiota changes location within the gut, and changes its metabolic outputs over the span of the 24-hour day."" The story puts the research in context, explaining the role of these microbiota and their importance to our health.