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Audio: Israeli industrial know-how: synthetic brains and chocolate

Artificial brains, and chocolate. How artificial cells can heal brain injury, and secrets of Israel's chocolate industry.
12/19/2011, 10:20 PM

A7 Radio's "Goldstein on Gelt" with Douglas Goldstein
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Tonight, Doug interviews two very different guests, both of whom are examples of the diversity and sophistication of Israeli industry. Doug's first guest is Matti Mintz of the department of psychology at Tel Aviv University. Matti's team has invented a Robo Rat – a rodent with a hybrid composition of a biological brain and a synthetic device. This cutting-edge experiment at Tel Aviv University involved wiring a computer chip with a manmade segment of cerebellum alongside the skull of a rodent with a disabled cerebellum. The device, remarkably, allowed the rat to return to normal activity. What does this mean for patients who have suffered brain injury, and will sufferers of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's get a second chance? Tune in tonight to find out.

In the second half of the show, Doug speaks to Ofer Amsalem, owner and founder of Sweet n Karem, which produces boutique Belgian chocolates. Find out why Ofer exchanged real estate for chocolate and why chocolate is a booming industry in Israel today. If you love chocolate, you will hear all you need to know tonight!

Douglas Goldstein, CFP® is the owner and director of Profile Investment Services, Ltd., an international investment company. He began his career on Wall Street in 1992 at Dean Witter. After developing a successful practice in New York, Doug moved with his wife and family to Israel. Doug is the author of the book, Building Wealth in Israel: A Guide to International Investments and Financial Planning. The Goldstein on Gelt podcast airs every Monday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Israel National Radio. For more info visit
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