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Angel or devil? For cancer, not all neutrophils are created equal

Research provides evidence of neutrophil subtypes with conflicting functions and neutrophil plasticity


New research from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows that the most common form of white blood cells, called neutrophils, contain many different subtypes, of which some fight the development of cancer and others promote its progression. The research could help pave the way to new therapies ...


Increased levels of carbon dioxide could threaten zinc and iron levels in plants

Study by BGU researcher and colleagues on most significant health threat from climate change featured in Nature


Crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients at the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, according to research published in Nature. Given that an ...


'Seeing' bodies with sound (no sight required)


People born unable to see are readily capable of learning to perceive the shape of the human body through soundscapes that translate images into sound, according to researchers who report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 6. With a little training, soundscapes ...


Not so dumb

A new kind of genetic switch can target the activities of just one type of brain cell


Mysterious brain cells called microglia are starting to reveal their secrets thanks to research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Until recently, most of the glory in brain research went to neurons. For more than a century, these electrically excitable cells were believed to perform ...


'Traffic' in our cells works both for and against us


A mechanism that permits essential substances to enter our cells while at the same time removing from them harmful components also has a "down side." This negative aspect prevents vital drugs, such as anti-cancer drugs, from achieving their designed functions, while also enabling bacterial cells ...


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Dr. Raz Zarivach named as EMBO Young Investigator


r. Raz Zarivach of the Department of Life Sciences and a member of the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev was recently declared an EMBO Young Investigator. He is one of four Israelis to receive this honor among a group of 22 young researchers from around the world. Zarivach is ...


A GPS in your DNA

Tel Aviv University research says that genetics can reveal your geographic ancestral origin


While your DNA is unique, it also tells the tale of your family line. It carries the genetic history of your ancestors down through the generations. Now, says a Tel Aviv University researcher, it's also possible to use it as a map to your family's past.Prof. Eran Halperin of TAU's Blavatnik ...


Convergent Evolution: Team of BGU and Max Planck Researchers Discover Crayfish Teeth Covered with Enamel


A team of Israeli and German scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Max Plank Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, have found an enamel-like layer in the mandibles of freshwater crayfish. The newly discovered structure bears an astonishing resemblance to human ...


Evogene Expands Research and Development Facilities by Over 50%


Evogene Ltd. announced completion of an expansion program of its R&D facilities, resulting in a greater than 50% increase in the company's gene validation & plant growth capacity. The expansion was conducted in two stages: the first stage included reconstruction of new molecular and tissue ...


How cells brace themselves for starvation


Sugar, cholesterol, phosphates, zinc – a healthy body is amazingly good at keeping such vital nutrients at appropriate levels within its cells. From an engineering point of view, one all-purpose model of pump on the surface of a cell should suffice to keep these levels constant: When the ...


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