Month: November 2013

Northeast Medical Megabanks announces full genome sequencing of first 1.000 healthy individuals

The consortium, centered at Tohoku University in Sendai after the Great Northeast Earthquake and aiming to connect doctors, hospitals and research centers in the disaster-struck area, has announced that 6 months after registration of a cohort of regional residents, genomic sequencing and analysis of 1.000 healthy individuals were completed. This is but a first step […]

Kazusa DNA Research Institute and Chiba Agro Center solve genome of strawberry

A team led by the Chiba Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry Research Center sequenced the genome of the „Lettice“ variety containing about 700 million bp. The wild strawberry genome contains 200 million bp. Wild strawberries are diploid or tetraploid, whereas the „Lettice“ variety is octoploid. Research is being done on the influence of genes on sweetness, […]

AIST team develops engineered bioluminescent enzyme ALuc, of stronger and longer-sustaining bioluminescence

Based on copepod luciferase, the active site of the enzyme was engineered for higher thermodynamic stability of the luminescense event, which showed 100fold stronger and 7 times longer sustained bioluminescence compared to firefly luciferase. The enzyme was tested in a variety of assay formats with excellent results. AIST news release, November 26, 2013

Japanese-Indonesian team measures and models CO2 emissions from tropical peatlands, could help treaties for global emission controls

A team of Hokkaido University and several Indonesian institutes has developed technologies to monitor CO2 emissions from deforestation areas and their influence on the local ecosystems, providing a scientific basis for technical cooperation. T HIRANO et al, Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.12296, 2013

AIST team develops procedure to decontaminate Cs-137 and -134 materials by incineration in the 10.000 kg scale

In cooperation with several companies such as Kanto Chemicals, Abe Machinery Works and others, an AIST team has set out to contaminate radionuclide containing ashes from burning plant residues fast and in large volume. Using Pb nanoparticles, it was possible to concentrate nuclides and reduce volumes from 10 tons of raw materials to 80 kg, […]

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