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In world first, Israeli man gets lab-grown bone tissue injected in arm

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Medical history was made at Emek Medical Center in Afula this week when semi-liquid live human bone tissue grown in a lab from a 40-year-old patient’s own fat cells was transplanted into the patient’s arm by injection.

The patient had suffered significant bone loss in his arm as the result of a car accident and previously underwent several unsuccessful surgeries.

The procedure was part of an early-stage clinical trial of a revolutionary tissue-engineering technology developed by Bonus BioGroup of Haifa. A hospital spokeswoman told ISRAEL21c that it is too early to report results in this specific case.

In December 2016, Bonus BioGroup announced successful results of an early-stage clinical trial on 11 patients in which bone tissue grown from a small sample of each patient’s own fat cells was injected into their jaws to repair bone loss. Over a few months it hardened and merged with the existing bone to complete the jaw, according to the company.

Bonus BioGroup CEO and President Shai Meretzki said this week’s experimental procedure “sets a new standard of hope for rapid healing in a wide variety of cases.”

Emek Medical Center’s head of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Nimrod Rozen, is among three doctors on Bonus BioGroup’s scientific advisory board.

Read More: Israel 21C

US to deport Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh to Jordan

US to deport Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh to Jordan

A Palestinian woman who perpetrated a 1969 supermarket bombing and later immigrated to the United States had her citizenship revoked on Thursday and was sentenced to deportation to Jordan by a US federal court in Detroit.

Rasmea Odeh was convicted of immigration fraud as part of a plea deal by the same court in April with Thursday’s deportation sentence being mostly a last formal step before she is sent on her way.
The terrorist attack killed two people – Hebrew University students and roommates Leon “Arie” Kanner, 21, from Netanya, and Edward Jaffe, 22, formerly of Cape Town and living near Tel Aviv – at the Shufersal supermarket on Agron Street in Jerusalem.

Odeh was sentenced to a life term.

“Hopefully, this will be the final chapter in the tragic story of this still-dangerous and unrepentant PFLP terrorist who tried to fraud the US immigration services,” Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who represented Edward Jaffe’s brother Harold and assisted the US Department of Justice with compiling evidence, said on Thursday in advance of the hearing.

“We applaud the work of the American Department of Justice and in particular Assistant US Attorney Jonathan Tukel, who really pursued Odeh with vigilance, exposed her lies and assured that her Jewish victims received a measure of justice and closure,” she said.

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Israeli system id’s the gene mutations driving your cancer

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Inside the NovellusDx lab in the Jerusalem Bio-Park, a team of 35 biologists, engineers, mathematicians and physicians recreates the genetic maps of real human individuals with cancer.

It’s not a research project but a personalized medical tool.

The NovellusDx team analyzes the cancer-driving mutations in each patient’s DNA to deliver actionable intelligence to oncologists, helping them choose the right cancer therapy for each and every one.

NovellusDx CEO Haim Gil-Ad explains that although genomic sequencing already is starting to be performed for cancer patients and is likely to become standard, sequencing can reveal tens or even hundreds of mutations but cannot annotate the exact eight to 12 driver mutations that are actually enabling the tumor to grow.

The Israeli company is filling this gap in knowledge.

“Every patient is different,” Gil-Ad tells ISRAEL21c. “Two 35-year-old women with breast cancer, living in the same place and having similar physical features, will have totally different oncogenic maps.”

NovellusDx uses genomic data sent to its lab by email – no actual patient samples are needed – to recreate the individual’s genetic map on a unique biochip.

The company’s proprietary technology measures the activity of signaling pathways to assess the oncogenic action of known and unknown mutations and their response to cancer drugs. It also provides a hierarchy of driver mutations and mutation “cross-talk.”

Read More: Israel21C

Israeli paramedic joins in Wyoming rescue

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JERUSALEM (Press Release)– Gavy Friedson, a former Jerusalemite and a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, saved a young boy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while he was on tour explaining how the organization works to local EMS teams. During the lecture to the Jackson Hole ambulance department and EMS teams, the local teams received a call that a 10-year-old boy had suffered spontaneous seizures while on a flight over the area. The plane made an emergency landing at the Jackson Hole airport, and the local team, having to interrupt Friedson’s lecture,  invited him to join in the rescue.

“The call came in just as I was explaining to the local EMS teams about our national network of volunteers who drop whatever they are doing to save lives, said Friedson. “We were notified that the plane was making an emergency landing due to the child having seizures and that they needed immediate medical intervention.”

Friedson joined the local paramedics, rushed to the airport and treated the child before he was transported to the hospital for further care and observation. “The local team invited me to join them on the call, and I am very appreciative that they did. It is always special to be given the opportunity to help someone.”

The tour has been dubbed the “Road Show for Life” and has seen Friedson, as well as the organization’s Western US Regional Representative, Dusty Heist-Levine, traveling some 1,800 miles and covering 8 states with an ambucycle. The pair is meeting with local EMS teams and supporters in order to share the life-saving model of United Hatzalah that has decreased the average EMS response time in Israel to under 3 minutes.

Read More: SD Jewish World