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January 01, 2003

Good News to Start Off 2003

Too much of the news from Israel is gloomy, so for New Year’s Day, it would be a nice change, perhaps, to look on the bright side . Following are three news stories in that vein; all were published around Christmas Day, 2002.

(1) A scientific achievement to benefit mankind

The first story comes from Reuters, via the health/science pages of the Times of India. The story is entitled, Israeli doctors grow human kidneys in mice and reports as follws:
Israeli scientists said on Monday they had successfully grown human kidneys in mice, in a breakthrough that might one day help save thousands of patients waiting for transplants.

Tens of thousands of patients worldwide, including 50,000 in the US alone, need a new kidney. Many die before a suitable donor is found. The researchers, led by Dr Yair Reisner of the Weizmann Institute of Science, said they had transplanted stem cells from human and pig fetuses into mice.
On December 10, 2002, I posted an article under the heading, Boycott Israel - Miss Out on Talent. Here is yet another example to underscore this point.

(2) Israeli scientist wins US award for ecological research

The second story comes from Israel 21C, a web site that brings many a news story about Israel’s achievements in science-related fields. The piece about the ecological research award reads in part as follows:
A Tel Aviv University professor who pioneered the use of bacteria to clean up oil pollution in oil tankers, pipelines and on beaches has been named the winner of the prestigious annual Proctor and Gamble Award for Applied and Environmental Microbiology awarded by the American Society of Microbiology.

Professor Eugene Rosenberg of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University for his research on the ecology of microorganisms. Rosenberg pioneered (together with Professors David Gutnick and Eliora Ron) the use of bacteria to clean up oil pollution in oil tankers, pipelines and on beaches. The Tel Aviv team developed the principles and technology for treatment of oil pollution in the environment, using microorganisms and bioemulsifiers.
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This is the second time that an Israeli scientist has won this Proctor and Gamble award. The prize was awarded to Prof. Moshe Shilo of the Hebrew University in 1978.
... Not that Bin Laden would be impressed.

(3) Agriculture R&D

As I noted in a previous article posted on Dawson Speaks and IIsrapundit, Israel prides herself on her achievements in agronomy and agriculture. In this vein, a recent article in Globus reported on an agridcultural R&D agreement between Israel and Texas:
Israel and Texas signed an agricultural R&D cooperation agreement last week. The US-Israel Binational Agricultural R&D Fund (BARD) brokered the three-year $500,000 a year agreement. Each project must have a representative from both Israel and Texas.

Israel and Texas will each contribute $250,000 a year to finance the agreement. It is believed the annual budget will finance 2-3 agricultural research projects a year. A scientific committee, composed of representatives from both states, will select suitable projects. Large parts of Texas are arid, and many projects will probably be devoted to irrigation.
...While the EU-niks engage in anti-Israel boycotts.

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland This piece is cross-posted on IsraPundit and Dawson Speaks.