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16 Oct 2012
From October 10 through 12, OIST participated in BioJapan 2012 in Yokohama, a biotechnology business forum that has taken place since 1986. Each year, over 500 organizations take part in the...
16 Oct 2012
On October 15th the Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, Mr. Shinji Tarutoko, paid a visit to the OIST campus in Onna Village to receive an update on the university’s progress. His short sojourn started with a meeting with six...
12 Oct 2012
For all of October, OIST is exhibiting a collection of Okinawan glass artist Seikchiki Inamine’s latest work, “Ocean.” “Mr. Seikichi Inamine enjoys an international reputation as a highly creative and innovative artist whose extraordinary technical skill...
11 Oct 2012
Professor Satoshi Mitarai, head of the Marine Biophysics Unit at OIST, is a master of making friends in all the right places – in his case, leading marine research institutions around the world....
9 Oct 2012
To respond to the body’s needs, our cells are constantly switching specific genes on or off. Flipping the switch means the cells either start or stop making copies of a gene out of molecules known as RNA; these so-called “transcripts” are then read by...
3 Oct 2012
Climb the stairs of OIST’s Seaside House to the second-floor offices of the Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit, and the first sight that greets you may come as a surprise in a research institute: a colorful waiting room stocked with toys and child-...
3 Oct 2012
“OIST is my dream come true,” said Mr. Chiken Kakazu, a former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member who once served as the Cabinet Office’s senior vice minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs. On October 2, OIST received a...
28 Sep 2012
In July OIST’s DNA sequencing section (SQC), which had been located 45 minutes away in Uruma, moved to the main campus’ Center Building in Onna. The move gives OIST researchers easier access to the section’s next-generation sequencers and team of...
19 Sep 2012
Could our waste be part of the answer to humanity’s energy problems? Some researchers think so, thanks to bacteria that chow down on everything from sewage to heavy metals and give off electricity as one of their own waste products.  But as with...
13 Sep 2012
Though landscaping will continue for another month, the inside of the Village Center is ready to go, and students and researchers have already moved in. Only a year ago, the ground where it stands was a gravel parking lot overlooking the East China Sea,...
3 Sep 2012
The spotlight was on the first group of doctoral students at the welcome event that was held in the auditorium on Monday morning. Speeches from President Jonathan Dorfan, Provost Robert Baughman and Dean Jeff Wickens welcomed the students and their...
3 Sep 2012
In the early days of biological research, organisms were examined from a purely behavioral perspective; it was not until molecular biology made an appearance that scientists were able to pin down some of the mechanisms behind cellular processes. But even...
26 Aug 2012
Since our ancestors first began using tools to dig for insects or club rivals, we’ve been constrained by what seemed to be fundamental properties of matter. Light will bend in a certain way when it passes through glass, for example, and pumping energy...
20 Aug 2012
Sixty years ago, researchers looking at electron microscopy images found dense clusters of inlets budding from the cell membranes—the outer skins—of one type of cell. Dubbed caveolae, or “small caves,” by their discoverers, the structures were later...
15 Aug 2012
In two new papers, Prof. Bernd Kuhn and collaborators use novel techniques to visualize very different things: pH within protein crystals, and neurons in the cerebellum of the brain. Though the papers were published at nearly the same time, they cover...
14 Aug 2012
As a youth, did you moan over what project to submit to your teacher when you went back to school after a summer holiday? Well, the children who have participated in the Children’s School of Science will likely have no problem presenting results of their...
8 Aug 2012
When you get a new pair of glasses, take up a musical instrument, or play a new sport, it feels awkward at first, but your muscles and brain soon adapt to integrate the new tools and movements seamlessly into your life. In the brain, that adaptation...
31 Jul 2012
OIST's Seaside House this month played host to the Developmental Neurobiology Course (DNC), an intensive two-week program that ended on July 30 for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world. Now in its third year, the DNC is...
26 Jul 2012
With much of the equipment moved in and research units steadily populating its labs, cubicles, and offices, Lab 2, which opened late last month, is swiftly coming to life. For some newer units that lacked space of their own, the tailor-made lab spaces in...
24 Jul 2012
Whether a human, an armadillo, or a sea slug, each of us begins life in much the same way: as a microscopic, formless blob of stem cells. As we grow, an intricate choreography of genetic controls begins to differentiate our cells, turning some genes off...

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