Month: September 2015

Shiseido obtains MHLW permit to implement clinical research on hair regrowth technology

Shiseido, which has built a cell processing center in Kobe in May 2014, has obtained permission to initiate own and clinical studies based on Canada’s RepliCel hair regrowth technology (RCH-01). Using this technology, cells are collected from the back of the head, reprogrammed and transplanted. Nikkei Biotech news release, Sept. 30, 2015

Hayashibara introduces Fibryxa, a water-soluble dietary fiber produced from starch

The product consists of 95 % maltodextrin α-glucan which is enzymatically produced from starch. Various types of starches can be used as starting material for this .alpha.-glycosyl transferase-catalyzed process. The product is claimed to have a beneficial effect on the intestinal flora and will be marketed from November 2015. Hayashibara news release, September 28, 2015

Japanese consortium establishs first yellowfin tuna fish farm in Panama

Supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA and JST, a team of Kinki University has successfully established a fishfarm at the IATTC Achochinesu Institute, Panama, that rears yellowin tuna from eggs to juvenile fishes (average length 18,7 cm), as a first step to ensure the future supply of tuna (maguro). JST news release, September […]

Hiroshima group takes part in NASA mission to culture mesenchymal stem cells in a microgravity environment

In a microgravity environment, cells will not settle like on Earth. This provides an increased opportunity for freely floating cells to interact with each other and develop 3D structures. Hiroshima University’s Professor Yuge professor will participate in a NASA experiment to culture mesenchymal stem cells designated to treat spinal cord injury in the microgravity environment […]

Yakult and RIKEN elucidate induction mechanism of immune cells involved in inflammatory bowel disease

A research team of Yakult and Riken’s gastrointestinal homeostasis research group have found, in human experiments, that Th17 immune cells which are closely related to the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases are induced by over 20 types of intestinal bacteria which have the capacity to adhere to the intestinal epithelium. RIKEN news release, September 24, 2015

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