Tag Archive for Weizmann Institute of Science

FDA approves Israeli-developed, personally tailored cancer-killer drug

Developed by researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and Sourasky Medical Center, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked the approval for their cancer treatment Yescarta, based on technology that uses the patient’s immune system to destroy cancer cells.
• List price in U.S. for the personally tailored drug is $373,000.

By Hezi Sternlicht & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Kite Pharma, founded by Israeli-American Professor Arie Belldegrun in 2009, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted regular approval for its cancer treatment Yescarta.

California-based Gilead Sciences bought Kite Pharma for $12 billion in August this year.

Professor Arie Belldegrun – Photo: Kite Pharma

The product, which was approved on a fast-track process, is based on innovative technology that recruits the body’s immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Israeli bioengineers make veggies mega-healthier with purple beet pigments

Israeli researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science have genetically engineered vegetables by infusing them with betalain pigments from beets, making them “insanely healthy.”

From ILTV

 

 

View original Arutz Sheva publication at:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235099

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Weizmann Institute ranks 10 in computer sciences, Hebrew University ranked 11 in math

 

The Weizmann Institute of Science gets ranked at 10 in computer sciences, 50 in chemistry while the Hebrew University of Jerusalem makes a significant jump in the prestigious Shanghai Ranking, to 11th place in mathematics.

By Ynet

 

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has been ranked 11 in the field of mathematics according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), an annual publication of university rankings by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which was released on Wednesday.

This is a significant jump for the university, which was ranked 51-75 last year.Among the first 100 in math are other Israeli academic institutions, including the Technion, Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Continue Reading »

Israeli Cancer Cure Brings Amazing Results in American Tests

 

Innovative Israeli cure shows 94% of leukemia patients in clinical test in the U.S. exhibits signs of recovery.

By Israel Today Staff

 

An innovative Israeli-developed cure for leukemia that is currently being tested in the US is seeing amazing results.

The clinical tests have been run primarily on patients with advanced leukemia that were given only a matter of months to live. An astonishing 94 percent have reportedly shown improvement, and in more than half symptoms related to the cancer have disappeared all together.

Professor Zelig Eshhar

Professor Stanley Riddell of the University of Washington, who is running the tests, cautioned that much work remains to clarify the results of the study, and it is still unknown if the treatment managed to remove the cancer completely, or if it will return in the aforementioned patients. Continue Reading »

Chinese Science Contest Winners Choose to Visit Israel For Its Prize

Having chosen to visit Israel, the 19 Chinese winers will attend 10-day science youth camp at Weizmann Institute of Science and meet Nobel chemistry laureate Professor Ada Yonath.

By Dan Lavie

 

Nineteen Chinese teenagers who won a prestigious science competition are scheduled to visit Israel next week as their prize. The winning group was given its choice of travel destinations, and has chosen to attend a special 10-day workshop hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science.
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Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science Makes Top 10 in CWTS ranking

Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands ranked Weizmann Institute 10th in world for scientific research quality.

By i24news

 

An Israeli science institute has been ranked in tenth place in a list of international research institutions and universities.

Weizmann Institute of Science in the central Israeli city of Rehovot – Photo: Weizmann Institute of Science website

The Weizmann Institute of Science in the central city of Rehovot was the only institute located outside the US to be included in the ranking conducted by the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands. Continue Reading »

Israeli Scientists Measure Sniff-Response In Children to Detect Autism

Rehovot researchers discover breathing response to foul & pleasant scents in children with autism are different than other children.

By i24news

 

A team of Israeli scientists has discovered autistic children’s unique sniffing habits may help doctors diagnose the condition at a much younger age than was previously possible.

Young girl smelling flower – Photo: AFP/Marty Melville

Doctoral student Liron Rozenkrantz and Professor Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot believe the key to detecting autism in children may be reliant on the latter’s response to pleasant and unpleasant odors.

The study, titled “A Mechanistic Link between Olfaction and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” examines internal action models (IAMs), brain templates for sensory-motor coordination based on sensory reactions. Continue Reading »

Israeli scientists: Treat cancer at night

Medical researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science find timing may be everything, in eliminating the spread of tumors.

 

They emerge at night, while we sleep unaware, growing and spreading out as quickly as they can. And they are deadly.

Lab mouse

A lab mouse in New York. The mice in the Weizmann study did better when receiving the cancer drug at night. – Photo: Bloomberg

It turns out tumors spread faster at night time, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers showed in findings recently published in Nature Communications, suggesting that it would be better to deliver cancer treatments in the wee hours of the night.

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Israeli researchers finds artificial sweeteners may facilitate diabetes

 

Weizmann Institute of Science study find that artificial sweeteners alter the balance of microbes in certain people and make them more susceptible to metabolic diseases such as diabetes 

Researchers admit more work must be performed before reaching definitive conclusions.

Ilan Gattegno, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.

Artificial sweeteners may not be so healthy [illustrative] – Photo: GettyImages

The study was released Wednesday by the journal Nature.

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Amazing New & Successful Help for the Infertile

 

The “Embryoscope” being used in Rehovot has increased by an additional & impressive 11%, the success in achieving pregnancy in women with fertility problems.

 
After yearning for a baby for 15 years and numerous attempts at pregnancy, an Israeli couple have had a healthy baby – Shai-Li Vazana – with help from a device called an “embryoscope” at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. She was the first Israeli to be born thanks to the device, which raises the success rates of in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

SMILING MOTHER Miri holds her newborn son – Photo: Courtesy

Experts said the device has increased by an impressive 11 percent the success in achieving a pregnancy in couples with fertility problems.

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Israel admitted into CERN, 1st non-European country to be accepted

 

20-state council of the Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN), which proved the existence of the ‘God particle,’unanimously voted to accept Israel.

 

 

 

The 20-state council of CERN, the Center of European Nuclear Research that operates the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border, unanimously voted on Thursday night to accept Israel as a full member of the important scientific organization.

CERN particle research center - Photo: CERN particle research center

CERN particle research center – Photo: CERN particle research center

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman warmly welcomed the decision, saying it was a “proud day for Israeli science.”  He said that the decision to accept Israel was not only an achievement for Israeli scientists, who have brought honor to the country, but also for the Foreign Ministry, which he said worked for years to pave the way for Israel’s acceptance by CERN.

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Weizmann molecular biologist: ‘We have found the fountain of youth’

 

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have made a significant breakthrough in harnessing stem cells to create transplant organs. In an interview, the lead researcher went as far as positing that the breakthrough could open doors to the regeneration of human cells.

By Amir Mizroch

 

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute have made a significant breakthrough in harnessing stem cells to create transplant organs “made to order”, the institute reported on Thursday. And in an interview, the lead researcher went as far as positing that the breakthrough could open doors to the regeneration of human cells, sperm creation, gene therapy research, as well as genetic engineering and cross-species DNA melding.

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Gov’t initiates program to rectify ‘brain drain’

 

About 2,500 Israelis who left Israel signed up for a program bringing academics back. Apart from job placement, the newly launched program will provide personal support for those returning: ‘We want to make sure they don’t give up & leave’

By Shahar Chai

 

 

A national plan aimed at curbing the brain drain problem was launched on Monday in the United States. The plan’s aim is to attract hundreds of expatriates from the academic world back to Israel.

Studying, working abroad. Oxford University - Photo Shutterstock

Studying, working abroad. Oxford University – Photo: Shutterstock

“I want to give back to society and the economy, but I don’t have a place to do this,” said one of those who signed up for the program. Continue Reading »

Israel outshines all in finding keys to long life

 

The field of biogerontology was born in Israel, & recently leading world experts gathered in Israel to compare with one another their latest & exciting discoveries.

 

What genes hold the key to longevity? Why does long life run in certain families? Could age-related diseases be conquered by slowing the aging process? Why do people lose muscle mass as they age, and why do smokers lose it faster?

Dr. Haim Cohen, left, and Dr. Yariv Kanfi in their Bar-Ilan University lab with the famous long-lived mice. Photo by Yoni Reif

Dr. Haim Cohen, left, and Dr. Yariv Kanfi in their Bar-Ilan University lab with the famous long-lived mice. – Photo: Yoni Reif

These are some of the questions Israeli biogerontologists are answering for a world where the average age is on the rise and the number of people 65 and older is expected to double by 2040. Continue Reading »

Futuristic ‘microscope’ can see through skin & tissue

A research team from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot has discovered a tool that can see inside deep tissues and could one day do away with the need for cancer biopsies.  

By Rivka Borochov

 

It might not give us humans Superman vision just yet, and it could take at least 10 years to develop it into a commercial product, but a new discovery by a research team from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot has paved the way for an exciting medical advance.

Weizmann Institute researchers Ori Katz, left, and Eran Small

Ori Katz and Eran Small, under the guidance of Prof. Continue Reading »