Israel Science

Zika virus mosqueto
February 10 2016

Israeli scientists helping with the battle against the Zika virus

In May 2015 the Pan American Health Organization announced that a case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Brazil, the first infection outside of Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Pacific Islands. On February 1, 2016 the World Health Organization announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus has been rampantly spreading across the Americas. The international health community is deeply concerned, as they should be. What's the big deal, though?

Israeli researchers investigate sickness behavior
January 22 2016

Israeli researchers investigate sickness behavior

It's that time of year again: winter. The season of widespread stuffy noses, sore throats, aching, and the rest of the many symptoms people experience while infected with various viruses and microbes. Many of us wake up during the winter feeling generally ill and wanting so so badly to just go back to bed and stay home, but we eventually get up and trudge along through a miserable work/school day. Our initial instinct to go back to bed may be more than just a yearning for rest.

Israeli Scientists Isolate Virus for Treating Bacterial Disease
March 05 2015

Israeli Scientists Isolate Virus for Treating Bacterial Disease

In the war against bacteria, scientists are constantly having to invent new antibiotics as bacteria evolve resistant strains. Now an old idea seeing the light of day for the second time may hold the answer to the antibiotic vs. bacteria arms race. Two Israeli scientists, Dr. Ronen Hazan from the Institute of Dental Sciences at Hebrew University and Dr. Nurit Beyth from Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, are researching the therapeutic potential of a virus taken from Jerusalem’s sewage.

Israel Morality Theory
April 03 2014

Israeli psychologist proposes new theory on development of morality

How do we learn to tell good from bad? This question, encompassing the fields of ethical philosophy, developmental psychology and even theology, has been debated for centuries. Now, Dr. Aner Govrin of Israel’s leading Bar Ilan University, has published a new model that explains how morality is built on connections learned in the first year of an infants life.

Superbug
January 23 2014

Superbug Fighting Protein is Discovered by Israeli Scientists

One of the leading causes of bacterial death in the world is invisible to the naked eye. This deadly threat comes from strains of bacteria known as “superbugs” that have been programed to resist manmade antibiotics. As soon as a new drug is released into the immune system, these cunning microbes invariably vanquish it.