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    Science Tips, October 2014

    Three updates from the Weizmann Institute labs: tiny phytoplankton can fix as much carbon as a rainforest; is jet lag making you fat?; bringing a promising compound for inflammatory diseases, such as MS, to market.

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    What the Weizmann Institute is Doing to Fight World Hunger

    Weizmann scientists are unlocking the secrets of plant metabolism, genetics, and development and are concentrating their biochemical, molecular, and genomics-oriented research to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in developing countries, and to improve human health all over the world.

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    Visualizing Algae-Eating Viruses From Space

    Weizmann scientists Dr. Assaf Vardi and Prof. Ilan Koren write in <em>Science 2.0</em> about the importance of algae. Though tiny, their massive blooms play a vital role in both marine ecology and climate regulation, but we know very little about the viruses that kill them. The Weizmann team is the first to attempt to quantify the viruses.

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    Science Tips, October 2015

    Three updates from the labs of the Weizmann Institute: discovery of a tumor suppressor gene behind a deadly form of melanoma; finding that lack of a certain protein leads to obesity, no matter the diet; and learning why plants ""drive"" with one foot on the brake rather than operate at full efficiency.

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    Wise Plant Analysis Identifies Healthy Metabolites

    Two new databases - WeizMass and MatchWeiz - created in the lab of Prof. Asaph Aharoni help scientists identify the majority of metabolites in a plant, including fruits such as tomatoes. This helps provide targeted nutritional information and reveals that biologically active plant substances are much more prevalent across the plant kingdom than was previously thought.

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    In Search of the Wild Fava Bean

    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.