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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 ...


Evogene and Marrone Bio Innovations Sign Multi-Year Collaborative Agreement

Joint Discovery Efforts to Lead to Novel Insect Control Solutions


Evogene Ltd. and Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. announced the signing of a multiyear collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new insect control products by each of the ...


PolyPid Announces US Patent Allowance for Sustained Release of Nucleic Acid Matrix Compositions


PolyPid announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. application Serial Number 13/574,040, a patent covering compositions for sustained and/or controlled release of nucleic acid agents. A Notice of Allowance is the formal USPTO ...


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 ...


Merck Invests in Research Partnerships in Israel to Boost Innovation


Merck is increasingly counting on partnerships with Israeli biotech companies, as demonstrated by its cooperation with Metabomed and ChanBio, both of which joined the Merck Serono Israel Bioincubator now. Merck is already cooperating with multiple Israeli start-up companies such as Qlight ...


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 ...


D-Pharm Commences Phase 2 Study with THR-18 In Stroke Patients Treated with Tissue Plasminogen Activator


D-Pharm Ltd announced receipt of approval from the regulatory authorities in the Ukraine to commence a Phase IIa clinical study of THR-18, to be given with the clot buster drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), in patients with acute ischemic stroke. THR-18 is a synthetic therapeutic peptide ...


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 ...


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