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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 ...


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New hope for Gaucher patients


What causes brain damage and inflammation in severe cases of Gaucher disease? Little is known about the events that lead to brain pathology in some forms of the disease, and there is currently no treatment available – a bleak outlook for sufferers and their families. Now, scientists at the ...


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 ...


New allosteric inhibitors of cholesterol synthesis – an alternative to statins?


Researchers in Israel have identified a new catalytic anti-oxidant that could be a promising alternative to statins – the most prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs in the world. Statins reduce cholesterol levels in the body by acting as competitive inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA ...


'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 ...


BGU researchers have discovered how prolonged exposure to stress can increase the risk of autoimmune diseases


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have proven that chronic stress increases the susceptibility to an autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis, which is characterized by damage to the nervous system in the brain. The researchers, Dr. Idan Harpaz and Prof. Alon Monsonego, in ...


Not just cars, but living organisms need antifreeze to survive


If you thought antifreeze was only something that was necessary to keep your car from freezing up in the winter, think again. Plants and animals living in cold climates have natural antifreeze proteins (AFPs) which prevent ice growth and crystallization of organic fluid matter. Without such ...


New research shows promise killing leukemia cells

BGU’s Prof. Ilana Nathan and her team explore novel treatments for leukemia


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Prof. Ilana Nathan and her team are interested in cell death. Specifically, they investigate all sorts of chemical compounds that can kill leukemia cancer cells by taking a ‘WISE’ investigational approach. What’s unique about the research is that she and her ...


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