Japan’s NEDO launches 6 industrial demonstrators for bio-manufactured products The products and the project coordinators are Oil and fat production technology from inedible biomass using yeast, Idemitsu Kosan Co A rose flavor production system using a growth-independent bioprocess and continuous isolation, Takasago International Corp Mass production technology in plants for highly modified proteins, Chiyoda Corporation Production system for useful flavor and fragrance intermediates, […]

Genome-edited tomatoes and fish meet marketing challenges in Japan By May 2022, Sanatec Seed plans to sell four types of genome-edited Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato puree with the following claims: lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure relieve temporary mental stress caused by work or study help improve sleep quality (depth of sleep and refreshed awakening) maintain skin […]

TAKEO – a restaurant chain based on edible insects TAKEO, a Tokyo-based startup company, develops and sells edible insects and commercializes a wide variety of insects as food ingredients. One of the company’s unique features is its “Domestic Insect Series,”  made from edible insects coming from various parts of Japan and processed using proprietary methods.  The products range from crickets to silkworm chrysalis, […]

Japan’s Food Safety Law on genetically modified food Genetically modified foods must undergo a safety review by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare before they can be sold. The Food Safety Commission conducts a safety review to determine the impact of the food on human health. When a genetically modified organism is used as a food for humans, if the foreign […]

Nagase improves synthesis of ergothioneine 1000fold by synthetic biology

Ergothioneine is a rare amino acid used as an antioxidant in food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. In 2015, Nagase Sangyo Cobegan development of an environmentally friendly bioproduction process capable of providing a stable supply of inexpensive ergothioneine by microbial fermentation. In 2019, Nagase joined NEDO’s Smart Cell Project to accelerate this program and, using synthetic biology, […]

ToMMo completes whole genome analysis of 50,000 Japanese Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) announced on June 30, 2022, that it has completed the analysis of the whole genome information of 50,000 Japanese. The Tohoku Medical Megabank has accumulated health information and biological samples of 150,000 local residents, mainly in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, and ToMMo is currently analyzing them. ToMMo […]

Technology to prevent chicken-egg allergy with egg white enzyme degradation products A group led by Takashi Igarashi, president of the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), and Yoshihide Hata, president of Nippon Ham (NIHON HAM), has successfully developed a technology to prevent egg allergy, which is a problem among infants and young children. At present, the research results are from mice (published online […]

University of Tokyo develops finger-shaped robot covered with cultured skin To construct cultured skin on a flat surface, a collagen solution in which dermal cells are suspended is first gelatinized, and then dermal tissue is cultured on the gel. Then, epidermal cells are seeded on the surface of the cultured dermis to form an epidermal layer. In order to align the flat cultured skin […]

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