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Dr. Ofer Yizhar, optogenetics pioneer, has used the tools of that field to successfully shut down a neuronal mechanism that helps form fearful memories in the mouse brain. After the procedure, the mice “forgot” that they had been previously frightened. This research, conducted with Prof. Rony Paz, may someday help extinguish traumatic memories in people.
The Washington Post reports on the remarkable recent observation of a supernova within just 3 to 10 hours of its explosion. A global network of astrophysicists - from California to Israel to Hawaii - collaborated in real time to take measurements of the supernova, the youngest ever witnessed. Weizmann’s Dr. Ofer Yaron was the lead scientist on the paper.
Oren Milstein, who holds a PhD in immunology from the Weizmann Institute, is cofounder of StemRad - a company that has developed an innovative spacesuit that protects against cosmic rays, and is intended for use on trips to Mars. The Israel Space Agency and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space and the German Aerospace Center are launching the suit as part of the next trial flight of NASA's Orion satellite.
In Issue No. 44 of WeizmannViews, we share the stress-response-related research of Prof. Rony Paz. He investigates how the brain processes stress - for example, how is a traumatic event encoded in such a way as to trigger PTSD? His work could lead to new and better treatments for mental illnesses.
Looking back at 2016 reveals an exceptional year at the Weizmann Institute, one chock-full of major developments from unprecedented insight into our universe to better understanding of our modern world to truly life-changing – and life-saving – breakthroughs in cancer and medical research. Here are some highlights.
The lab of Prof. Nachum Ulanovsky revealed that brain cells can guide us to our destination, even when we can’t see it. Scientific American’s Moheb Costandi reports on the research in Salon, also addressing related findings from other institutions and the question of whether the Ulanovsky cells are new types of cells, or represent more flexibility in other cells than previously suspected.
Haaretz interviews Prof. Noam Sobel about his intensive research into the sense of smell, which - it turns out - informs every area of our lives, from what we eat to whom we love. Among other innovative studies, he is investigating whether odors can help people trust robots and whether smell is involved in repeated miscarriages.
The wild faba - today, fava - bean is thought to be extinct. Now, however, Dr. Elisabeth Boaretto has identified the oldest known beans - about 14,000 years old. Understanding how the wild fabas survived can help scientists grow hardier fava crops today. Favas are a major source of nutrition in many parts of the world.
People all over the world repeatedly go through the long, frustrating, defeating struggle known as "yo-yo dieting": they lose weight, only to gain it again, over and over (and over). Now, new research from Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal shows why: the gut microbiome keeps resetting the body to gain weight.
Yet again, new research from Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal is making global headlines and potentially changing lives. Most people have experienced the rebound effect of dieting - losing weight only to regain it, and then some. Now the Weizmann team has determined why this happens, and has identified potential solutions.