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Prof. Atan Gross and the Austrian dancer Olivia Hild. Photos: Roya Meydan

The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Atan Gross uses science and dance to inspire researchers – and fight Parkinson’s

"evolve: when science meets dance". Photo: Ami Jacobs

An original dance performance is set to debut at the end of the month following a yearlong creative exchange between resident choreographer and...

Mouse embryonic stem cells

Remodeling the power plants known as mitochondria are key to stem cell differentiation

Left: normal nerve cells; right cells genetically engineered to neutralize MTCH2. Fluorescent proteins reveal the calcium uptake in the mitochondria of these cells. The genetically engineered cells reveal dramatically less calcium uptake – evidence of the crucial role this gene plays in mitochondria function

Understanding how a gene studied in one lab affects the basic element researched in another may reveal what goes wrong in Alzheimer's 

Missing Mitch

 Mice lacking an energy-control gene stay lean

A three-dimensional reconstruction of the mitochondrial volume: The volume is larger (yellow and red) in blood-forming stem cells lacking MTCH2 (right), and relatively smaller (blue and green) in regular blood-forming stem cells

The wake-up call for blood stem cells comes with a jolt of energy  

The two faces of BID. When duty calls, it leaves the cell nucleus to initiate cell suicide. Illustration: Elite Avni

How does one protein direct two different life-or-death activities in the cell?

(l-r) Liat Shachnai, Natalie Yivgi-Ohana, Prof. Atan Gross, Maria Maryanovich and Dr. Yehudit Zaltsman-Amir
A newly-discovered character in the cell suicide drama may be a promising target for anti-cancer drugs
Dr. Atan Gross
Dr. Atan Gross received the 2006 Lindner Prize of the Israel Endocrine Society.
Left to right: Dr. Atan Gross, Iris Kamer, Dr. Rachel Sarig, Limor Regev, Galia Oberkovitz, Dr. Hagit Niv and Dr. Yehudit Zaltsman. Cellular self-check
One protein is recruited to aid in both cell death and survival