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    1. Hadassah Doctor Brings New Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

      Hadassah Doctor Brings New Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

      Twenty five years ago, Dr. Batsheva Kerem and Dr. Eitan Kerem made a significant contribution to the scientific world’s understanding of genetic mutations and cystic fibrosis. Together—with their medical-research teams—they mapped the genetic mutation profile of cystic fibrosis among different Jewish ethnic groups in Israel. Since then, life expectancy for individuals with cystic fibrosis has shifted dramatically, thanks in part to their medical and genetic research and ongoing commitment to fighting the disease. These Israeli doctors, long married, represent two of the world’s major cystic fibrosis research centers: the Hadassah Medical Organization and Hebrew University. Today ...

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    2. Plunging sperm counts provoke alarm

      Plunging sperm counts provoke alarm

      Although falling male sperm counts have been reported in the developed world since 1992, the first systematic review and meta-analysis of sperm count trends was only published recently by Hagai Levine and others in Human Reproduction Update. This latest research analysed 185 studies involving nearly 43,000 men who provided semen samples from 1973 to 2011. The researchers found a 54.2 per cent drop in sperm concentration (number of sperm per millilitre) and a 59.3 per cent drop in total sperm count (total number of sperm in ejaculate) over the past 40 years among men from North America ...

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    3. 4,000-Year-Old Jar of Headless Toads Discovered in Jerusalem Burial

      4,000-Year-Old Jar of Headless Toads Discovered in Jerusalem Burial

      In one of the rock-cut tombs, archaeologists made a rare discovery: a jar full of bones from nine headless toads. The toads had been decapitated before they were buried with the dead, possibly as a way to prepare the animals to be "eaten." Finding a tomb that's been sealed for thousands of years is always a treat for archaeologists —especially when that tomb contains a jar of headless toads. That's what archaeologists discovered inside a 4,000-year-old burial in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced yesterday (Sept. 25). The excavators think the jar might have been a ...

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    4. Over the rainbow » J-Wire

      Over the rainbow » J-Wire

      Visiting Professor Wayne Horowitz from Hebrew University amazed his audience with his lecture on rainbows held at North Shore Temple Emanuel. Wayne told how the biblical story of the Flood had its origins in the misty Sumerian past, where rainbows more often than not portended disaster. He then linked the story with native traditions, such as the Gwich’in narrative of ‘The Boy in the Moon’ of Arctic Canada, where, curiously, they speak a language derived from Sumerian. The talk was co-sponsored by Macquarie and Hebrew Universities. Dr Gil Davis, Director of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Macquarie University, introduced Wayne ...

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    5. Atox Bio Awarded Next Milestone-based Option by BARDA to Support Continued Development of

      Atox Bio Awarded Next Milestone-based Option by BARDA to Support Continued Development of

      "We appreciate and continue to benefit from BARDA's ongoing support in the development of Reltecimod as a novel, host-based, immunomodulatory therapy to treat severe infections," said Dan Teleman, Chief Executive Officer of Atox Bio. "We have a very collaborative partnership with BARDA and look forward to continuing to work together." Reltecimod (AB103) is a rationally designed peptide that binds to the CD28 co-stimulatory receptor to modulate the host's immune response to severe infections. By limiting, but not inhibiting, the body's acute inflammatory response, Reltecimod helps control the cytokine storm that could quickly lead to morbidity and mortality ...

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    6. No woman had been named dean of the medical faculty since it was opened

      No woman had been named dean of the medical faculty since it was opened

      For the first time since the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s medical faculty was established in 1949, a woman has been named as its head. Prof. Dina Ben-Yehuda will be the second woman to head an Israeli medical school, after Prof. Rivka Carmi – now president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – was named dean of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences in 2000. Ben-Yehuda, director of hematology at the Hadassah University Medical Center, will take office as the 23rd dean of Hebrew University’s medical faculty on October 1. She will succeed Prof. David Lichtstein, who held the position for ...

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    7. Chinese millionaire to set up artificial intelligence lab in Haifa

      Chinese millionaire to set up artificial intelligence lab in Haifa

      Zong Qinghou, the CEO of one of China’s largest companies, announced plans to set up a research center at the University of Haifa focusing on artificial intelligence. The Chinese Academy of Sciences will also be a research partner. Zong will provide the AI center with at least $10 million over five years, the research partners announced at a signing event on Tuesday, with much of the funding going to construct laboratories and obtain high-end equipment, the University of Haifa’s President Ron Robin said. “For us, this is a game-changer. We get recognition by a major Chinese investor, that ...

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    8. Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize Awarded to Hebrew University Scientists

      Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize Awarded to Hebrew University Scientists

      September 18, 2017 — The Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize for 2017 has been awarded to two scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Yaakov Nahmias and Professor Nir Friedman. This is the first group from outside the United Kingdom to win the prize. The award was presented at the 30th Rosetrees Trust Anniversary Symposium on September 14 at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London. Professors Nahmias and Friedman won for their research proposal to engineer a platform that mimics the physiological dynamics of human metabolism. The circadian rhythm or “body clock” is a daily cycle that regulates many ...

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    9. Hebrew U tech chief seeks balance between academia and industry

      Hebrew U tech chief seeks balance between academia and industry

      Yaron Danieli, the Hebrew University’s newest pick to spearhead the commercialization of technologies developed within its ivory towers, is taking the reins at a delicate time. Get The Start-Up Israel's Daily Start-Up by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Israeli academia has come under public scrutiny for missing out on royalties on technologies developed by their researchers: earlier this month, the Israeli press reported that Amnon Shashua, the chief executive officer of Mobileye, which was sold to Intel Corp. for a whopping $15 billion, convinced Hebrew University officials to forgo any monetary claims to ...

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    10. Israeli study says Zika virus alerts spread too much confusion

      Israeli study says Zika virus alerts spread too much confusion

      Hebrew University study says information on the epidemic was at too high a reading level.

      Information about the 2015- 2016 Zika virus epidemic that was released by the World Health Organization caused confusion and even panic in the world because it was written for people with graduate-school educations rather than the common man.

      Also, press releases issued by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were found to be suited for high-school graduates but not people with less education.

      These are the conclusions reached by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who studied health monitoring and communication during the ...

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    11. How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mines | Innovation | Smithsonian

      How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mines | Innovation | Smithsonian

      In a time when there is much talk of a “Mother of All Bombs” and the possibility of a conflict involving nuclear weapons, a landmine can seem an artifact of conflicts past, a weapon that has little to do with mass destruction.

      And yet, the prosaic device continues to induce its own form of terror around the world, sometimes long after wars have ended. In 2015, the number of people killed or maimed by land mines and other explosive remnants of war rose to 6,461, an increase of 75 percent, according to the 2016 Landmine Monitor. The big jump ...

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    12. Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes

      Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes

      Remember the good old days when tomatoes used to taste like... tomatoes, with a lot of flavor? In pursuit of longer shelf life, enhanced firmness and disease resistance, modern commercial tomatoes have gradually lost it.

      After a decade of research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, as part of an international team that included US, Chinese and Spanish scientists, have identified the chemical compounds and the functional genes that give a tomato – Israelis’ favorite salad component – its great taste.

      The study, published in the journal Science, has made it possible to produce tomatoes with their good old flavor, alongside other traits ...

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