Abba Eban famously stated that the Palestinian Arab leadership never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. This week Israel made another huge traumatic concession just to initiate another opportunity to conduct peace talks. In parallel news, Israelis continued to make the most of numerous opportunities to benefit humanity.
Israelis have made several opportunist discoveries recently. Scientists at Tel Aviv University struck gold when they found that heart cells integrated with nano-fibers of the precious metal improve electrical signaling between cells to strengthen the contraction of cardiac muscle. The TAU scientists are using this to create cardiac patches for replacing damaged heart tissues. At Ben-Gurion University researchers discovered that methylphenidate – used to treat ADHD sufferers – is also successful in reducing the risk of falling by the elderly. And TAU Professor Illana Gozes has created a new peptide (short protein) called NAP which she has found has benefits for Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s sufferers.
Scientists at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem had the vision to develop a method for detecting the cause of diabetic retinopathy – a leading cause of blindness worldwide. The procedure will provide the opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition, minimizing damage and saving vision. Meanwhile, parents of a child with a “lazy eye” condition now have the opportunity to treat them with Amblyz eyeglasses from Israel’s XPAND. Instead of a patch over one of the lenses, Amblyz uses an electronic shutter to obstruct the strong eye in automatic, intermittent intervals. And a novel development by Israeli start-up CoreBone bone increases the opportunities for successful bone implants (spinal, dental etc.). Corebone uses corals to encourage bone growth, but the corals are grown in the laboratory so as not to damage the ecology.