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    White Blood Cells Get Pushy to Reach Infection

    How do white blood cells - the immune cells that race to the sites of infection and inflammation - actually get to their targets? The research of Prof. Ronen Alon has revealed that the white blood cells actually force their way through the blood vessel walls to reach the infection, creating large holes. This understanding could aid in cancer research.

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    Three research updates from the Weizmann Institute: when quantum systems disobey a law of thermodynamics; demonstrating that ""quasiparticles"" exist; and a new approach to treating autoimmune disease.

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    Science Tips, July 2013

    Three updates from the Weizmann Institute: teaching nanowires to assemble themselves, which could improve devices such as lasers and solar cells; outlining the 10-stage pathway that turns cholesterol into a dangerous toxin in potatoes; identifying the traffic-pattern-like nature of gene transcription could lead to a new generation of drugs.

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    New Hope for Gaucher Patients

    Gaucher disease, a genetic disorder most prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews, is devastating for sufferers and their families. Now, scientists in Prof. Tony Futerman's lab have discovered a new cellular pathway implicated in the disease. Their findings may offer a new therapeutic target for managing treatment of Gaucher and related disorders.

  • Science Tips, March 2013

    Three updates from the Weizmann Institute: scientists take steps toward building a complete, functional, artificial cell; progress is made toward understanding the measurement process in quantum systems; and a new study may help develop ways to control tissue destruction that results from inflammation and necrosis.

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    How Immune Cells Squeeze Through Blood Vessel Walls

    <em>Cosmos</em> reports on new research from Prof. Ronen Alon's lab that reveals how immune cells enter - and leave - the bloodstream. It has long been known that they can do this, but not how. The findings are particularly relevant to cancer research, as tumor cells are less able to infiltrate the bloodstream.

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    Helping to Map ""Geographic Tongue""

    Scientists have long been baffled by ""geographic tongue,"" a mysterious tongue-mottling disorder that affects about 2% of the world. But now, <em>Scientific American</em> reports that physicist Dr. Gabriel Seiden has homed in on the condition's mechanisms by noting similarities between its progress and phenomena such as forest fires and cardiac arrhythmias.

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    To Help Treat And Prevent Obesity, Your Body's Immune System May Be Key

    The Weizmann Institute's renowned Prof. Yair Reisner has discovered that the lack of a particular type of immune cell leads to obesity in mice. As reported on Medical Daily, Prof. Reisner indicates that this is the first time researchers have been able to show a connection between fat cells and inflammation in animals that are on a regular diet.

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    Can Boosting Immunity Make You Smarter?

    A former PhD student of Prof. Michal Schwartz's – Prof. Jonathan Kipnis of the University of Virginia School of Medicine – has discovered that the immune system engages the brain in an intricate dialogue that may help raise IQ. As Discover reports, he first had the ""crazy idea"" in Prof. Schwartz's pioneering lab at Weizmann.