Science

Brain chemical oxytocin is all for you, body and soul

TOKYO -- Humans are certainly more than just sacks of chemicals, but there is no denying the important role played by hormones and other chemicals in human behavior. A case in point is oxytocin. The brain produces more of this hormone when affect...

  • WHO approves experimental treatments to combat Ebola

    GENEVA/WASHINGTON -- With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa spinning out of control, the World Health Organization on Tuesday endorsed the use of untested drugs to curb the epidemic. The highly unusual step by the world health body reflects th...

  • STAP cells paper co-author Sasai commits suicide, notes found: police

    KOBE (Kyodo) -- A co-author of controversial research papers on so-called STAP cells committed suicide at an institute of the government-affiliated Riken and apparent suicide notes were found at the facility in Kobe, police said Tuesday. Yoshiki ...

  • Gil Van Bokkelen: Japan's leadership in regenerative medicine bearing fruit

    Much of the world is just beginning to feel the impact of an unprecedented event: the aging of the global population. In Japan, the percentage of those over the age of 80 will increase from 6% of the population in 2010 to more than 14% by 2030, accor...

  • Construction of world's largest telescope to begin in October

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, the world's largest, will begin in Hawaii in October as local authorities have approved a land lease for the project, Japan's National Astronomical Observatory said Tuesday. A ceremony...

  • The regeneration of stem cell research in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Nearly a decade after a star scientist's faked papers set back South Korean research on regenerative medicine, industry, government and academia are making a renewed push. Scientists in the country are progressing toward practical use of ver...

  • A matter of taste? Kyoto University to explore the science of Japanese food

    TOKYO -- Kyoto University will study the science behind the fascination with Japanese food from August. It will work with food maker Meiji and two well-established Japanese restaurants, Kyoto's Kikunoi and Kinobu, on the project. The study will s...

  • Nature to pull controversial stem cell papers

    TOKYO -- British scientific journal Nature is expected to retract as early as this week a pair of studies on a new way to produce stem cells in light of revelations that the lead author altered and fabricated images. Seen as groundbreaking at the...

  • Osaka University's new role: venture capitalist

    OSAKA -- Osaka University is planning a wholly owned venture capital firm to fund startups formed by its own faculty and students. If the plan receives government approval, the national university will become the first in Japan to establish a ven...

  • Does anyone still believe STAP cells exist?

    TOKYO -- What was hailed as a breakthrough method for making adult cells pluripotent, or able to develop into any kind of body tissue, has, four months after the exciting "discovery," turned out to be nothing more than a hypothesis. In late May, ...

  • Endangered status for Japanese eel has suppliers squirming

    GENEVA/TOKYO -- The Japanese restaurant and food industries are worried that the price of the Japanese eel may climb further, following the decision by an international body to classify the fish as endangered. The Japanese eel is a migratory fish...

  • Japanese researchers discover faster way to regenerate heart cells

    TOKYO -- A team of Japanese university researchers has developed a new and more efficient way to regenerate non-beating heart cells into pulsating cardiomyocyte cells through the use of six different types of genes. The discovery could pave the w...

  • El Nino's return could change everything

    TOKYO -- Indications from the tropical Pacific suggest that the first El Nino event in five years is happening. And this looks to be not any normal El Nino, but one that could rival the abnormal conditions from the spring of 1997 to the spring of 199...

  • Committee urges research center to be disbanded after STAP controversy

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A committee investigating Riken called Thursday for the institute's biological research center to be immediately disbanded because of its failure to prevent misconduct by disgraced scientist Haruko Obokata. Obokata must also be "...

  • New cell-observation device sheds light on infections, cancers

    TOKYO -- Scientists have long had difficulty closely observing how cells and microorganisms function, even with advanced microscopes. But a team of university researchers has come up with an innovative device that can shed light on infection mech...

  • Embattled stem cell research center may be shut down

    TOKYO -- A committee discussing reforms at Japan's Riken research institute in light of scientific misconduct in what was hailed as a groundbreaking stem cell study will recommend the option of closing the center responsible for most of the research,...

  • Embattled scientist Obokata faces fresh doubts over job application

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Doubts have emerged over a research proposal which embattled stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata submitted less than two years ago to the Riken institute in applying for her position, a draft report on her hiring process showed Thursd...

  • STAP scandal a test of Japan's scientific focus

    TOKYO -- Four months after its discovery was announced, a much-lauded method for producing stem cells has vanished into thin air, casting a shadow over Japan's status as a science powerhouse. A process called stimulus-triggered acquisition of plu...

  • Controversial stem cell studies go back to the drawing board

    TOKYO -- Mounting suspicion over Riken's high-profile stem cell research has finally forced the lead author to retract a key paper published in the science journal Nature, essentially bringing the study back to square one. Haruko Obokata, a cell ...

  • Lead author agrees to retract controversial stem cell papers

    OSAKA -- The lead author of a pair of papers on stem cells published in the journal Nature has agreed to retract both of them in light of findings that she fabricated and altered images in the studies, The Nikkei learned Tuesday. Riken research u...