18-9 Japan permits marketing of genome-edited fish

In the red sea bream, 14 bases of the myostatin gene suppressing muscle hyperplasia were deleted, using CRISPR/Cas technology. The average amount of the edible portion was increased about 1.2 times, and the ratio of weight gain to ingested feed improved by 14%. Since...

14-9 MHLW will establish a „Genome Medical Support Center Japan“

The center (tentative name) will be an organization under the national government. In a whole genome analysis execution plan for cancer and intractable diseases, patient samples will be provided by cooperating medical institutions, and the samples and clinical...

12-9 Moonshot program for human well-being

In the attached article published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie| 69 | September 2021 | p. 55 – 57 (in English), a brief summary of the program and some current highlights are provided (see downloads). Moonshot-program-Japan-092021Download

7-9 Ministry of Agriculture inks major programs on biotech

Within its biotech-related 74 billion Yen (about 570 million €) budget for FY2022, the ministry aims to strengthen production capacity and improve sustainability of the domestic agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries. Topics include: low-temperature storage...

27-8 Secure storage of genome analysis data by quantum cryptography

Toshiba and others explore a system to store personal genetic data from projects of the Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) using a combination of quantum cryptography communication technology and secret distribution technology. The consortium has...

27-8 Grillus, a startup on edible crickets for human nutrition

Grillus is a startup from the University of Tokushima that produces edible crickets and sells cricket-derived as „circular food“. Basic technology consists of mass production of a highly uniform albino strain of the Dipterocarpus cricket, which has been maintained at...

16-8 Promising ventures in Japan: The University Venture Award 2021

Japan’s Science and Technology Agency JST and NEDO, project house of the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry, offer an annual award to startups, financially supported by companies. The 2021 prize was awarded to Heartseed Co. https://heartseed.jp Heartseed, a...