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Candidate genes were discovered utilizing microbial database and dedicated computational platform

10-Aug-2015

Evogene Ltd. announced a key milestone in its insect control program with the successful completion of the first computational discovery round for microbial genes with insecticidal properties. The discovery round utilized a unique computational technology infrastructure consisting of a ...

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BGU and University of Colorado Researchers Develop Novel “Smart” Drug that Targets and Reduces Site-Specific Inflammation

23-Jul-2015

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and University of Colorado researchers have used a highly novel approach to create a dynamic ‘smart’ drug that is attentive to the degree of the inflammation. The three describe a novel creative development of an anti-inflammatory engineered protein in the ...

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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

27-Jan-2015

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 ...

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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

02-Jun-2014

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 ...

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'Seeing' bodies with sound (no sight required)

10-Mar-2014

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

21-Jan-2014

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 ...

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Not so dumb

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

27-Nov-2013

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 ...

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

29-Aug-2013

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 ...

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

06-May-2013

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 ...

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

03-May-2013

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 ...

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