Reconstructed intestinal flora of 787 Japanese shows relationship to diet and disease A research group led by Yoshihiko Tomofuji, Ph.D. (Genetic Statistics), Osaka University , and Zuzo Okada, Ph.D. (Genetic Statistics / Team Leader, Systems Genetics Team, RIKEN Center for Biomedical Research has identified the intestinal microflora and reconstructed bacterial and viral genome sequences of 787 Japanese. Through integrated analysis of the newly developed database and […]

Nagase and Hitachi collaborate for commercialization of ergothioneine Ergothioneine has antioxidant activity and is believed to improve brain function, thus of interest for  applications in functional foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Ergothioneine is produced only in very small amounts by mushrooms and microorganisms. In the joint project, Nagase produces ergothioneine from highly genetically modified Escherichia coli. Hitachi Plant Services  uses computing and machine learning to […]

Microwave Chemical Co. completes 1 t/d demonstration facility for microwave-based recycling of plastics Under a contract from NEDO, Microwave Chemical Co. has completed Japan’s first general-purpose microwave demonstration facility for the recovery of monomers from polymers with a processing capacity of 1 ton per day. In 2021, the company had completed a small-scale demonstration facility with a processing capacity of about 5 kg per hour. The process will be further scaled […]

NEDO initiates program on blue ammonia production According to Japan’s “Sixth Basic Energy Plan” of October 2021 hydrogen and ammonia power generation is expected to account for about 1% of Japan’s power mix in FY2030. Following this target, NEDO and INPEX Corp. will construct a “blue ammonia” facility at the INPEX Higashi-Kashiwazaki gas field in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture. A demonstration […]

METI secures 2 billion € fund to promote biomanufacturing (bio monozukuri) METI will allocate 300 billion yen (2 billion €) to a new fund that will support companies that develop manufacturing technologies using bioprocesses based on waste and other raw materials. Specifically, it is envisioned that microorganisms will be used to produce fiber, ethanol, resins, and other products from waste clothing, municipal solid waste, food […]

Osaka University team prints edible QR code into cookies Kosuke Sato and colleagues have embedded “edible information” into cookies using a 3D printer. 2D codes, or AR markers, are created through cavities when the food is printed and remain intact during baking. They can be read again when the back of the cookies are exposed to high-frequency light, and not only store data […]

Cyfuse raises about 13 million € for 3D printed organoids Cyfuse was established in 2010 and is focused on 3D cell technology that uses a bio 3D printer to laminate cell clumps (spheroids) consisting of an average of 10,000 cells in a 3D manner without the use of artificial scaffolds. The company has 3 business fields: to develop a pipeline of regenerative medicine […]

Stretchable and self-healing polymer gels formed by a facile one-step synthesis Researchers at the National Institute for Material Sciences have formed highly stretchable and self-healing polymer gels solely by physical entanglements of ultrahigh–molecular weight (UHMW) polymers fabricated through a facile one-step process. Radical polymerization of vinyl monomers in ionic liquids under very low initiator concentration conditions produced UHMW polymers of more than 106 g/mol with […]

Osaka University will establish “digital twin” for human organ interactions Osaka University’s “Human Metabolic Disease Research Center” will establish a “digital twin” for organoids  created mainly from iPS cells, and their diseases.  The response of organoids to disease states will be comprehensively investigated using multi-omics analysis, single-cell analysis, quantum sensing, The bio-digital twins created will be shared by constructing a new metaverse space. The […]

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