In the war against bacteria, scientists are constantly having to invent new antibiotics as bacteria evolve resistant strains. Now an old idea seeing the light of day for the second time may hold the answer to the antibiotic vs. bacteria arms race. Two Israeli scientists, Dr. Ronen Hazan from the Institute of Dental Sciences at Hebrew University and Dr. Nurit Beyth from Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, are researching the therapeutic potential of a virus taken from Jerusalem’s sewage.
Israel’s economy has long been heavily reliant on tourism. With the holy sites of Jews, Muslims and Christians, there is an almost unlimited tourist potential. For decades, the tourist industry has focused on group tours, travel packages and generic activities, with a small niche catering for high-end luxury travel. But in the past few years, a new breed of tourism providers has emerged, catering to budget travelers, independent backpackers and those alternative tourist experiences.
The Chief Scientist Office in the Israeli Ministry of Economy has long been seen as a model of success. Aiming to foster economic growth through technological breakthroughs, cutting-edge research, innovations and entrepreneurship, the office regularly gives out grants in the form of low-risk loans, only demanding the investment money back if the project is successful and financially viable.