Innovations in Life Sciences; Dispensing sterile gloves; Innovation cities; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Astonishing vaccination results Over 50% of all Israeli citizens have now received at least one Covid-19 vaccination, with 3 million (nearly one-third) having had both. The Pfizer vaccine is shown to be 95.8% effective in preventing new… Read more »

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Recovered patients volunteer at hospitals; From Startup Nation to VacciNation; An impossible year; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS “This can change the fate of humanity” Israel’s PM heralded the latest Israeli Covid-19 therapy, EXO-CD24, developed at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center. When given to 30 moderate to severe Covid-19 patients,… Read more »

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A Google map of brain RNA; World Cancer Day; The earliest edible olives; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccines for everyone over 16 Israel is the first country to offer vaccines to any citizen over the age of 16. It aims to vaccinate 90% of the over-50s within two weeks. Nearly… Read more »

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From coffee to vaccines; Independence for the disabled; Flying pizza; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The Vaccination Nation Nearly 3 million Israelis have now received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 1.7 million have now received the second.  Covid infections and serious illnesses of Israelis over… Read more »

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Monitoring coma patients; Direct flights to Morocco; Still an A+; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccination progress 27% of Israelis (2.4 million) have had their first Covid vaccination and rollout to the over-40s has begun.  Numbers of seriously ill over-60s have fallen by a third and the reproduction rate is below… Read more »

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Vaccine rollout; Women driving STEM; Non-polluting buses; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccine rollout 2 million+ Israelis have had their first Pfizer vaccination. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first of over 110,000 Israelis to receive the second dose. He also announced that Israel could be the first nation to be… Read more »

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More vaccines arrive; Prize for human tissue printer; Educating children about AI; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More vaccines arrive The first 120,000 doses of the 6 million coronavirus vaccines ordered from Moderna have arrived in Israel. These are to be primarily used to vaccinate homebound citizens. Over 1.5 million Israelis… Read more »

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15-minute Covid-19 test; An eco-village in the Negev; Good Night 2020; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS One million vaccinations Over a million Israelis have now had their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. More than 150,000 vaccinations are being administered each day – the highest per capita in the world…. Read more »

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Senior’s cancer prize; Great minds; Almost too fast; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Rolling out the vaccine 140,000 Israelis were vaccinated in the first three days of the Pfizer vaccine rollout. (This editor received his first dose of vaccine on the sixth day). In addition, Magen David Adom are deploying unique… Read more »

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One ventilator for 3 patients; Chanukah on the streets of Jerusalem; $30 million for emergency department; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Mutating cancer cells Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute, working with others in the Netherlands and Norway, have discovered that melanoma cells can “frameshift” to grow whilst avoiding the immune system. … Read more »

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Israeli blood tests for the Gulf; First female IAF Bureau Chief; Fast analysis of data; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Stem cell treatment can help MS patients Jerusalem’s Hadassah-University Medical Center and Israel’s NeuroGenesis have developed a stem cell treatment for patients with progressive multiple sclerosis. A Phase II human trial… Read more »

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Women are the peacemakers; Tech to make tourism safe; Jerusalem sights and colors; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More accessible cancer treatment The Car-T cancer therapy invented by Israel’s Professor Zelig Eshhar (see here) is curing thousands of blood cancer patients. But the manual effort is hugely expensive. Now Israel’s ADVA Biotechnologies is… Read more »

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Crystal clear hearing; Tech salaries are rising; Tel Aviv never stops; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Retinal scanner for early Alzheimer’s test Israeli-founded Canadian-based RetiSpec has developed the RS1, which uses hyperspectral retinal imaging and AI to examine the back of the eye. It can identify harmful amyloid proteins and other… Read more »

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Vaccine connections; Watt a car!; RunYoung; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli scientists reverse aging process In the first trial on humans, Israeli scientists have shown hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can reduce two key biological hallmarks of aging – telomere length shortening and accumulation of senescent cells. These factors lower the… Read more »

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European grant for mental health startup; Boosting 5G projects; 3000-year-old fortress in the Golan; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Inflammatory eye diseases Israel’s Tarsius (see here) reported positive results in a study of its TRS01 treatment of Active Anterior Non-Infectious Uveitis – an inflammatory eye disease. It shows promise for saving the… Read more »

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS First human tests of Israeli Covid-19 vaccine On Nov 1, two Israelis received the first doses of Israel’s coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research. The volunteers were inoculated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and Hadassah’s Jerusalem Ein Kerem Medical Center. https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-2-volunteers-injected-with-israeli-virus-vaccine-kicking-off-human-trials/ https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israel-launches-coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-647631 The next generation… Read more »

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Starving leukemia cells to protect the brain Israeli and Scottish scientists have found that the brain can be protected from metastatic leukemia by blocking the production of the fatty acid stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD). The discovery is particularly important for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2020/10/leukemia-and-the-brain/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s43018-020-00115-2 Prospective treatment… Read more »

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Replacing antibiotics in the dairy industry; A digital bridge for Europe; Israel’s first rains; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Update on Israeli Covid-19 vaccine The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) is beginning Phase 1 human trials. Head of IIBR, Professor Shapira confirmed this at… Read more »

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AI triage for Brown University; Locating landmines by detecting bacteria; Beautiful Sukkot; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 prevention cocktail Trials will start soon of an antibody cocktail developed by Tel Aviv University scientists to treat Covid-19 patients and to protect highly vulnerable individuals from the virus until a vaccine is… Read more »

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A healthier future; Israel at the UN; Solar powered fabric; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Five patients saved by new Covid-19 treatment Israel’s Enlivex Therapeutics reported positive results in its clinical Covid-19 trial of its Allocetra treatment (reported here previously) Five seriously ill patients made complete recoveries, an average 8.5 days after… Read more »

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Israeli Art Lending Library; Rescuing refugees on Lesbos; OrCam wins German innovation prize; and much more! by: Michael Ordmam ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Know your enemy Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and the Israel Institute for Biological Research have identified four new proteins and 19 peptides that Covid-19 infected patients produce. They believe that these may… Read more »

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A painless bandage; Baby turtles get a helping hand; A date with history; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Radiation to reduce Covid-19 inflammation Doctors at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center are to test the use of low-dosage radiation on 30 severe Covid-19 patients. It is expected to reduce the inflammatory cells that… Read more »

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The patient room of 2030; Covid-19 aid to Liberia; Israeli Wonder Woman returns; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More patients to receive Covid-19 treatment Israel’s Pluristem (reported here previously) has launched an FDA-cleared Covid-19 expanded access program. It enables Pluristem to use its PLX-PAD cells to treat up to 100 more infected… Read more »

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Maya goes viral; Making facemasks together; WakeUp with a BioLift; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 one-second gargle test Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is trialing a gargle-and-spit test that is 95% accurate in detecting Covid-19 infections. The USB-powered machine is the size of an ashtray and takes just one second to… Read more »

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Hadassah tests Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine; 4 Israeli women lawmakers; Gong becomes a Unicorn; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 passive vaccine cures 3 Israelis Three of the first critical Covid-19 patients treated with the new IgG plasma-derived “passive vaccine” product developed by Israel’s Kamada and Hadassah Medical Center (reported here previously), have… Read more »

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Competition for remote Femtech; The future of Education; Israel’s largest server farm; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Aviptadil saves Covid-19 patients As reported here previously, Aviptadil from Israel’s NeuroRx, is undergoing Phase 2/3 trials in Israel and the US. The adapted treatment, now known as RLF-100, prevents Covid-19 replication and has already… Read more »

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So how is your health?; Covid-19 Shield updated; Monitoring construction sites; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Pre-clinical success for Covid-19 ARDS treatment Israel’s BrainStorm (reported here previously) reported promising results of pre-clinical trials for its Nurown treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) brought about by Covid-19. The NurOwn cells reduced the… Read more »

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Positive report on “second wave”; Safe analysis of dangerous viruses; Japanese investment increases; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The 3rd most Covid-19 solutions Cross-border investment specialists Cukierman & Co state that Israel has the most Covid-19 solutions, after the USA and China. Some 180 of Israel’s 1,600 life sciences companies are… Read more »

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Matching cancer treatment to patients; Australia and Israel are “mates”; Economic agreement with Thailand; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treat fat in lungs to kill Covid-19 Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Mount Sinai in New York, have prevented Covid-19 from reproducing. In lab tests, the virus was… Read more »

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Another fast Covid-19 test; Even the disabled can surf here; There will still be Israeli Bluebirds; and much more! by: Michael Ordman   ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The best test for Covid-19 antibodies Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a serological test that from one blood sample can, for the first time, identify all three… Read more »

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Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Covid-19; A portable oxygen generator; Journey to Judaism; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Covid-19 Israeli-founded AZTherapies is in Phase 3 trials for its ALZT-OP1 for Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment also suppresses the immune system’s “cytokine storm” that is often lethal to Covid-19 infected… Read more »

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Free coronavirus web app to connect volunteers; Treating disease in space; King of US college tennis; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS World’s first passive immunization Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital is cautiously optimistic after the world’s first passive immunization of a critically ill coronavirus patient. After an injection of Kamada’s IgG antibody product… Read more »

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Israeli progress combating Covid-19; Tel Aviv beaches are accessible; Another smart car connection; and much more! by: Micheal Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 antibody treatment is now available Israel’s Kamada (reported here previously) has completed manufacturing the first batch of its plasma-derived Immunoglobulin G (IgG) product for Covid-19 patients. Initial vials of the antibody have been… Read more »

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How old is your brain?; Syrian baby flown to Israel for heart surgery; Energy from plants; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS A new passive coronavirus vaccine prospect Israeli researchers at Bar-Ilan University have identified short amino acid sequences (epitopes), that trigger an immune response to eliminate Covid-19. The discovery could lead… Read more »

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Detecting Covid-19 in India; Free prosthetics for children; Takeaway benefits the needy; and much more! by: Micheal Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Keeping Covid-19 patients off ventilators Israel’s Respinova developed Pulsehaler to help COPD patients improve their lungs and avoid ventilation. Repinova is now preparing for clinical trials in Israel on patients suffering from acute respiratory… Read more »

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A facemask that cleans itself; How Israeli companies retained employees; How Israeli companies retained employees; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Gaucher’s treatment also works for Covid-19. In animal tests Israel’s Institute for Biological Research has found two treatments for the genetic disorder Gaucher’s disease are also effective against Covid-19 and other… Read more »

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US Covid-19 vaccine progres; Jerusalem is in our hands; Mission to Neptune; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Good progress of Pluristem trial Seven of the eight critically ill coronavirus patients on ventilators, treated with PLX stem cells from Israel’s Pluristem, survived after 28 days.  Only one of those still needed mechanical… Read more »

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Good news for bone-marrow transplants; A 1-minute coronavirus test; Israel re-opens 20 National parks; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Detecting heart problems in coronavirus patients Israel’s DiA Imaging Analysis (reported here previously) uses its AI image analysis of ultrasound scans to detect cardiac problems.  DiA has received a NIS 2.5 million grant… Read more »

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Antibodies to attack coronavirus; Ramadan in Israel; Schools, markets & malls re-open; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Antibodies to attack coronavirus The Israel Institute for Biological Research in Ness Ziona has developed four antibodies that attack the coronavirus and neutralize it in the body of an infected person. It is described… Read more »

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Israeli coronavirus treatment benefits six patients; Arabs fight in Israel’s war; Is coronavirus spreading?; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli coronavirus treatment benefits six patients Six moderate to severe Israeli coronavirus patients have shown clinical improvement with the new opaganib  treatment from Israel’s Redhill (see here previously). All required less supplemental oxygenation,… Read more »

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The meaning of life; Fitch gives Israel an A+; Young Israelis volunteer in droves; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Another potential coronavirus treatment Israeli biotech Redhill has announced that another of its pipeline medicines RHB-107 (upamostat) is to be tested by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)… Read more »

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Positive coronavirus treatment news; Israel’s first Haredi doctor in coronavirus front line; Lowering the risk of supervising patients; and much more! by: Micheal Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Positive coronavirus treatment news Six critically ill Israeli coronavirus patients with organ failure are still alive after 1-week’s Pluristem’s PLX cell-therapy in three separate Israeli medical centers. Four show… Read more »

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Testing coronavirus treatment; Adopt a doctor; Coronavirus advice Chatbot; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Testing coronavirus treatment As reported in the 22nd Mar newsletter, Israel’s Pluristem is developing a treatment for severe coronavirus patients.  Latest news is that Pluristem has begun human testing in Israel. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israels-company-uses-placenta-cells-to-treat-critical-covid-19-patients-622960 Treatment for ARDS The US FDA… Read more »

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Over 70 Israeli companies fight coronavirus; Philanthropic Israeli companies; Prayers against coronavirus; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Over 70 Israeli companies fight coronavirus Israeli non-profit Startup Nation Central (SNC) has created a comprehensive directory of more than 70 relevant Israeli med-tech startups that are helping combat COVID-19. The areas are treatment,… Read more »

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Virus protection masks; Trial success for diabetes pill; Financial power for radio wave power; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Virus protection masks Israel’s Sonovia (see here) is now in full production of its face masks that protect the wearer from the coronavirus. Sonovia will donate the first 120,000 of the new masks… Read more »

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Helping coronavirus patients breathe; Using hi-tech to re-stock the shelves; Superheroes bring Purim parcels to sick children; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Lung cancer transplant patient receives his own lung In a medical breakthrough, surgeons at Israel’s Beilinson hospital temporarily removed the left lung from a lung cancer patient. They then… Read more »

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Treatment for severe victims of coronavirus; On-line learning for locked-down Chinese kids; Another $200 million for SentinelOne; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Breakthrough in fighting resistant bacteria and cancer Researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and AI to design new antibiotics and treatments for RNA… Read more »

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Microgrids for more efficient energy; British synagogues on display in Tel Aviv; Ukrainian Olim land on International Holocaust Day; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Breakthrough in nanomedicine Scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute have developed a microbiological technique to generate electrical fields that can manipulate individual bacteria cells. They can then introduce… Read more »

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Orphan status for pancreatic cancer treatment; 100 years of caring for Israel; Training students to protect crops; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Inhibiting an enzyme may cure Alzheimer’s Israel’s ProteKt Therapeutics is developing a treatment for early stage Alzheimer’s disease. It inhibits the PKR enzyme that is over-expressed in Alzheimer’s patients… Read more »

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Another good trial of colon capsule scan; US professors visit Israeli universities; UK & Israel’s new strategic partnership; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Prioritizing flu vaccinations Israeli health company Maccabi has partnered with Israel’s Medial EarlySign (see here).  Maccabi will integrate EarlySign’s flu algorithm, which flags people at high risk of… Read more »

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