Month: July 2014

University of Tokyo group develops odor receptor based on insect odor receptor proteins

The group of Shoji Takeuchi at the University of Tokyo prepared a PDMS-based hydrogel microchamber in which selected recombinant insect odor receptors were embedded. The micromachined system allowed to detect VOCs by changes in electric potential and was stable for about 1 hour. This work is part of an ERATO project. JST news release, July […]

Takara Bio reports progress in recombinant immune cell therapy

In collaboration with Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Takara Bio studies NK (natural killer) cells induced by RetroNectin for cancer immunotherapy. At the 12th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology, a collaborating group from Mie University School of Medicine reported that 3 out of 10 patients had shown long-term survival rates. Takara […]

NEDO publishes „white paper“ on robot use

The 800 page summary contains chapters on 1. aging such as power assist robot, robot therapy, nursing and other care robot, 2. robots to counter the hollowing out of industry such as mining unmanned systems, unmanned construction etc, 3. social Infrastructure maintenance such as underwater robot, tunnel digging robots, cavity research systems, etc., and 4. […]

NARO National Food Research Institute reports progress on sweet taste receptor analysis, target is objective taste evaluation method

The group around Yuko KUSAKABE has analyzed sweet taste receptors T1r2 and T1r3 of human and mouse origin and their coupling with G-type receptors. In humans and mice, the mechanism of sweet-taste reception is different and it is hoped to use this knowledge for the construction of an objective sweet-taste evaluation method. NARO press release, […]

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