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Human chromosome 2 is unique to the human lineage in being the product of a head-to-head fusion of two intermediate-sized ancestral chromosomes. Chromosome 4 has received attention primarily related to the search for the Huntington's disease gene, but also for genes associated with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, polycystic kidney disease and a form of muscular(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate sperm characteristics and fertility potential in ejaculates obtained after electroejaculation in men with psychogenic anejaculation. DESIGN Retrospective clinical study. SETTING In Vitro Fertilization Unit, Bikur Cholim Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. PATIENTS Twenty men with psychogenic anejaculation who underwent 55 sessions of(More)
We recently isolated a small green alga from a biological sand crust (BSC) in the NW Negev, Israel. Based on its 18S rRNA and rbcL genes, it is a close relative of Chlorella sorokiniana and of certain strains of C. vulgaris and C. variabilis, but differs substantially in many aspects from C. sorokiniana. Because the classification of Chlorellales is still(More)
Excess illumination damages the photosynthetic apparatus with severe implications with regard to plant productivity. Unlike model organisms, the growth of Chlorella ohadii, isolated from desert soil crust, remains unchanged and photosynthetic O2 evolution increases, even when exposed to irradiation twice that of maximal sunlight. Spectroscopic, biochemical(More)
The sequence of any genome becomes most useful for biological experimentation when a complete and accurate gene set is available. Gene prediction programs offer an efficient way to generate an automated gene set. Manual annotation, when performed by experienced annotators, is more accurate and complete than automated annotation. However, it is a laborious(More)
N-glycosylation is one of the most important post-translational modifications that influence protein polymorphism, including protein structures and their functions. Although this important biological process has been extensively studied in mammals, only limited knowledge exists regarding glycosylation in algae. The current research is focused on the red(More)
A total of 50 patients with erectile dysfunction underwent comprehensive evaluation, including vascular evaluation with penile duplex ultrasonography and papaverine injection, as well as nocturnal penile tumescence monitoring. The latter was performed in a sleep laboratory setting in all patients. The results of penile duplex ultrasonography with papaverine(More)
Over the past few years, massively parallel DNA sequencing platforms have become widely available, reducing the cost of DNA sequencing by over five orders of magnitude. We used two of these methods to reveal the genome sequence of a highly abundant cyanobacterium in biological desert crust. These new rapid evolved next-generation sequencing technologies(More)
Prostatic cancer (PC) is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer mortality in men word-wide. In Israel it is the most common cause of cancer mortality in men, after lung cancer and colo-rectal cancer. We screened, for the first time in Israel, for prostatic cancer using serum levels of PSA and a digital rectal examination (DRE). The purpose was not(More)