Science

Kyoto Univ. Hospital to open iPS cell therapy center in 2019

KYOTO (Kyodo) -- Kyoto University Hospital will open a center to conduct clinical studies on induced pluripotent stem cell therapies in the 2019 financial year, the hospital said Monday. According to the hospital, the 30-bed ward will test the ef...

  • Drug-resistant malaria

    Experts warn of disease's deadly spread in Asia

    As virulent, drug-resistant strains of malaria spread in Asia, governments in the Asia-Pacific region must redouble their efforts to eradicate the disease, amid the growing risk that these new forms will spread to South Asia, China and Africa, accord...

  • Useful nematodes

    Hitachi harnessing roundworms to sniff out cancer

    TOKYO -- Hitachi and Kyushu University plan to develop a low-cost test that detects cancer by exploiting how roundworms react to the urine of people with the disease. Roundworms measure about 1mm long and are attracted to the smell of cancer pati...

  • Not off the hook

    Japanese institute may pursue charges against disgraced biologist

    OSAKA -- The Riken research institute may file a criminal complaint against an ex-staffer accused of scientific misconduct and charge her for the expense of discredited stem cell studies. Haruko Obokata resigned last December, but the government-...

  • Biotech breakthroughs

    Synthetic biology puts artificial organisms within reach

    TOKYO -- Researchers in Japan are taking bioscience to new limits, creating artificial organisms that can generate a range of useful substances more efficiently and with greater functions. Such organisms could bring revolutionary changes to manufactu...

  • A new dawn

    Japan's Akatsuki probe to attempt Venus orbit again

    TOKYO -- A Japanese space probe launched five years ago will on Dec. 7 try for the second and possibly final time to get into orbit around Venus, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced Friday. Akatsuki, meaning "dawn" in Japanese, was d...

  • New biodrug class

    Japanese companies off to fast start in nucleic acid treatments

    TOKYO -- Japan's pharmaceutical industry has been quick off the blocks in the new field of nucleic acid medicine, not wanting to repeat their slow showing in the market for antibody drugs. Nucleic acid medicines are a new class of biopharmaceutic...

  • Tackling China's pollution

    Guangdong university working for cleaner, greener lives

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Zhou Qian, a doctoral student at China's Sun Yat-sen University, has just run a toxicity analysis on a vegetable, and she looks concerned. "It contains high levels of toxic heavy metals," she says. "This has to change." Zhou an...

  • Medical research in Japan

    Drugmakers promoting tie-ups with Japanese universities, labs

    TOKYO -- Global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline are keeping a keen eye on the work of Japanese universities and laboratories, as they seek partners for joint research and development programs. Bayer Yakuhin, the...

  • Coastal disruptions

    Jellyfish swarms worry world

    TOKYO -- Seas around the world are turning into jellyfish soup, as swarms of the creatures hit coastal areas, paralyzing power plants and undermining fisheries. These massive outbreaks are being caused by coastal development, overfishing and othe...

  • Stem cell medicine

    Kyoto University opens up iPS cell stockpile

    OSAKA -- Japan's Kyoto University has begun sharing its reserve of cells reprogrammed to an embryonic state in an effort to bring regenerative medicine closer to reality. The university has provided induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to Keio Un...

  • Obokata fails to file appeal after panel condemns "STAP cell" study

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Riken research institute said Tuesday embattled scientist Haruko Obokata has not filed an appeal in response to a panel investigation finding that "STAP cells" she claimed to have created almost certainly did not exist. Riken...

  • Unblocking blood vessels

    Heat and a drug do the trick

    TOKYO -- A Keio University team has developed what it says is an improved method of opening blood vessels that have narrowed and become clogged. Such blockages result from conditions like arteriosclerosis. With the new technique, blood vessels ar...

  • H.K. bans poultry products from Japan over bird flu scare

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Hong Kong's food watchdog said Tuesday that poultry meat and eggs from western Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture have been banned due to an outbreak of bird flu there. The Center for Food Safety said in a statement the ban was imp...

  • Understanding dunes and dust

    Japanese university tackles the problems of arid climates

    TOKYO -- A university in western Japan is seeking new ways to cope with arid climates by reproducing them on campus. When most Japanese think of Tottori Prefecture, they think of the area's famous sand dunes. So perhaps it is appropriate that the...

  • Gist of investigation by Riken panel on STAP cell research

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The following is the gist of a report released Friday by a panel under the Riken research institute investigating allegations of misconduct by embattled scientist Haruko Obokata. -- Evidence that STAP cells have the capability to...

  • Interactive look at volcanoes

    Japan prepares for future eruptions

    TOKYO -- Volcanoes have shaped the very landscape of Japan. They have loomed as a constant danger, but also have provided great benefits. There are 110 volcanoes in the country classified as active, and 47 of these are monitored at all hours. It is a...

  • Purported 'STAP cells' likely came from embryonic stem cells: panel

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A panel under the Riken research institute said Friday that the "STAP cells" that beleaguered scientist Haruko Obokata claimed to have created were most likely cells derived from embryonic stem cells, fueling the belief that STAP cel...

  • Medical community on guard

    Ebola not the only dangerous virus out there

    TOKYO -- Infectious diseases can spread rapidly in a globalized world. Improvements to the global aviation network mean it has never been easier for people, and germs, to move between countries. Globe-trotting diseases are a 21st-century reality....

  • Can't hurry science

    Haste led to scandal in stem cell research

    TOKYO -- All parties involved in publishing research papers on a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells were so fixated on producing results that they failed to be scientifically rigorous. Japan's Riken research institute said Friday that i...