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Ancient DNA may provide key to origins of TB

Skeleton of a child from the middle bronze age, excavated in Beit Shean, whose bones will be included in this project. (Photo: Mark Spigelman)Joshua fought the battle at Jericho but then, as now, the real enemy in the region known …

New kidney pacemaker could give years to diabetics

Nephera’s new pacemaker could give patients suffering chronic renal failure a few more years before they have to resort to kidney dialysis.Chronic renal failure (CRF) is basically a death sentence for some 20 million Americans (one in nine adults) who …

Oral piercings can lead to tooth loss

Piercings cause repeated trauma to the teeth warns Dr. Liran Levin, of Tel Aviv University.A pierced tongue may be the height of cool in some teen circles, but a new study by Israeli researchers suggests that skin piercings in the …

Spreading the word, not the disease

Everything came together: Boaz Carmeli, spokesperson for the IBM Haifa Research Lab.Imagine this scenario: an astute doctor identifies a patient with a highly communicable infectious disease. Realizing that the illness could rapidly spread and potentially become a pandemic, the doctor …