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Though slow, seahorses can snag prey at exceptional speed

Seahorses are considered particularly poor swimmers. However, despite being relatively slow, they are adept at preying on small, quick-moving animals. Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have succeeded in characterizing the incredible preying capability of seahorses, discovering that they can move their heads up at the remarkable speed of 0.002 seconds. The rapid head movement is… Read More

TAU research exposes the biological basis of empathy

Can mammals other than human beings demonstrate empathy for one another, engage in pro-social behavior, and help others in distress? New Tel Aviv University (TAU) research based on an animal model using rats found that, just as with humans, rats are also split into various groups with different indicators to the point that they come… Read More

“Good” bacteria that eliminate “bad” bacteria

A new technology from Tel Aviv University (TAU) will make it possible to insert “good” bacteria into the body or diverse environments for the purpose of injecting toxins and eliminating “bad” bacteria. Researchers believe that the breakthrough, which can target different kinds of bacteria, may become a biological replacement for antibiotics whose efficacy has been… Read More

TAU discovers new cell interaction that destroys tumors

Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have found that certain types of cells in our body’s natural defenses can help destroy malignant tumors. They say that white blood cells called eosinophils fight cancer in two ways: they can destroy the cancer cells directly while recruiting the immune system’s cancer-fighting T-cells. These findings may contribute to the… Read More

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

A team of investigators from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has succeeded in restoring brain trauma by hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). This is the first time that non-drug therapy has been proven effective in preventing the core biological processes responsible for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Using a specific HBOT protocol, cerebral blood flow improved or… Read More

Nicotine residue found in hair of 70% of children whose parents smoke

According to a new study from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University (TAU), 70% of children whose parents smoked were found to have nicotine residue in hair samples. The study was conducted under the leadership of a team of experts headed by Professor Leah (Laura) Rosen of TAU’s School of Public Health…. Read More

Silent genetic mutations can predict the development of cancer cells

Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have been able to use silent mutations in cancer genomes to predict both a patient’s type of cancer and their survival probability, a finding that may well save lives in the future. The study was led by Professor Tamir Tuller and research student Tal Gutman of TAU’s Department of Biomedical… Read More

Sunlight enhances romantic passion

Sun exposure has its benefits, among them: enhancing passion in humans. Researchers in Professor Carmit Levy’s Tel Aviv University (TAU) laboratory have found that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight increases levels of romantic passion in both genders. The radiation affects the regulation of the endocrine system responsible for the release of sexual hormones in… Read More

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