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The Spring 2017 edition of the Weizmann Magazine covers a range of topics, from the impact of modern microscopy on science to that of editing the genome. Notably, within the topic of microscopy, it also covers the story of the de Picciotto-Lesser Cancer Cell Observatory in Memory of Wolfgang and Ruth Lesser, a crucial component of the Moross Integrated Cancer Center (MICC) within the Weizmann Institute of Science. The observatory was founded by Michael de Picciotto and its current scientific head is Dr Yoseph Addadi. Its establishment does much to enhance the research abilities of the MICC through the in-depth analysis of cells that it offers for scientists and researchers and serves as an excellent addition to the Weizmann Institute of Science.
The Cancer Cell Observatory provides scientists and researchers with in-depth analysis of cancer cells by means of advanced imaging technology. This allows for high resolution cell action to be viewed in real-time. Prof Benjamin Geiger asserts that the observatory has a revolutionary potential for the centre’s capability to process life processes, offering unprecedented depth as well as allowing for a deeper understanding of life processes. This in turn may have amazing implications for developing new diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. The observatory was founded in part as an effort to celebrate life through advancing life-saving research on the part of Michael de Picciotto. He sought to immortalise the lives of his grandparents, Wolfgang and Ruth Lesser, who were known as charitable people and who played a large role in his life.