Tests reveal Sharon brain activity
New tests on comatose former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon show significant brain activity.
Mr Sharon, 84, responded to external stimuli at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, said a team of scientists from Ben-Gurion University.
He was shown pictures of his family and listened to recordings of his son's voice while undergoing a special brain imaging scan.
The university said "significant brain activity was observed ... indicating appropriate processing of these stimulations".
However, Mr Sharon remains in a deep coma.
Mr Sharon led Israel from 2001 until suffering a stroke in 2006. Since then he has been in a vegetative state, connected to a respirator.
Mr Sharon was a military officer who fought in three wars before entering politics.
He unilaterally withdrew Israeli troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.