…that BSF funding has supported scientists throughout the United States? Scientists in 48 of the 50 United States have received some type of grant support from BSF, according to just-released BSF statistics. California is the state with the highest amount of funding, with New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland rounding out the top 5. Since 1999, BSF has awarded more than $65 million to collaborative projects involving U.S. and Israeli scientists.
…that a team of Israeli and U.S. scientists are trying to save the famed Galapagos finch from extinction? Finches have long been a mainstay
of the Galapagos Islands. They’ve even earned the nickname “Darwin’s finches” because they’re credited with helping Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution. But now, they face the possibility of extinction – and a BSF-supported team of scientists from Hebrew University and the University of Minnesota are doing everything they can to save them. Read more here.
…that a new map of the human genome has been created by Hebrew University scientists? Using state-of-the art gene technology and human embryonic stem cells, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have generated a new atlas of the human genome. “This gene atlas enables a new functional view on how we study the human genome and provides a tool that will change the fashion by which we analyze and treat cancer and genetic disorders,” said Dr. Nissim Benvenisty, Director of the Azrieli Center for Stem Cells and Genetic Research and the Herbert Cohn Chair in Cancer Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Benvenisty is a senior author of the study and has received several BSF grants since 1993. In 2015, he and Dr. Egli Dieter of Columbia University received a BSF grant for their work on genetic screening. Read more here.