Biology and Biotechnology in the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center
The Dead Sea and Arava Science Center is conducting research in cell biology and biotechnology in order to develop innovations based on fundamental research. The areas of study are: renewable energy, medicines from nature, bacterial microbiology, desert flora and more. These studies have the potential to develop towards product production for industry, and patent registration.
Here are some examples of current projects: studies based on scanning desert plant libraries for healing illnesses (cancer, skin conditions, atrophy of the brain, obesity, etc.), researching algae that potentially produces fuel as renewable energy, isolation of new microbes under the stresses of salinity and heat are used in a variety of research areas, production of transgenic plants with unique properties such as resistance to salinity, developing a three-dimensional skin tissue platform for screening natural substances that are beneficial to the treatment of psoriasis, development of model systems for neurological diseases of humans in zebra fish or worms in order to scan potential medicines, the effect of solar radiation and Dead Sea water on human health and more.
In more advanced stages of research, we plan to form partnerships with companies in relevant fields such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and more.