28 Sep 2022 - 15:40
Cell division is fundamental for life, allowing organisms to grow, repair tissues, and reproduce. For a cell to divide, all the DNA inside the cell (the genome) must first be copied, in a process...
Type: Press release
31 Aug 2022 - 13:30
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, images of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, have been seared in our minds. But the way we picture the virus, typically as a sphere with spikes, is not strictly...
Type: Press release
17 Mar 2021 - 10:00
In February 2021, OIST researchers, Dr. Yosuke Yamada, Dr. Reina Komiya and Professor Ryota Kabe were selected to participate in the prestigious...
Type: News Article
22 Apr 2020 - 14:40
A team from OIST, led by Professor Simone Pigolotti and postdoctoral researchers, Dr. Deepak Bhat, Dr. Davide Chiuchiù and Dr. Paula Villa Martín​ from the...
Type: News Article
27 Mar 2020 - 10:00
Our body’s ability to detect disease, foreign material, and the location of food sources and toxins is all determined by a cocktail of chemicals that surround our cells, as well as our cells’ ability...
Type: News Article
29 Jan 2019 - 13:22
For the scientists that study animal behavior, even the simplest roundworm poses huge challenges. The movement of squirming worms, flocking birds and walking humans changes from moment to moment, in...
Type: News Article
21 Jan 2019 - 13:31
Researchers from the Biological Physics Theory Unit and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam conducted local linear analyses to reduce the complex posture movements of the nematode worm C. elegans to simpler...
Type: Video
29 Aug 2017 - 13:24
Biologists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have named three new, rare ant species in Africa after important figures in African biodiversity conservation—...
Type: News Article
21 Jul 2016 - 17:02
Inside the human body, the same drug can interact with multiple molecules. This phenomenon is known as ‘polypharmacology’ and, according to the interaction, a drug can cure a disease or cause side...
Type: News Article
5 May 2016 - 01:10
Gene expression can be turned on and off like a switch, or it can be finely adjusted, as with a volume control knob. Dr Garth Ilsley, research scientist in Prof. Nicholas Luscombe’s unit at the...
Type: Press release
17 Nov 2015 - 06:00
Mistakes Propelling Evolution As the 20th-century novelist Joseph Conrad famously wrote, “It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose,” and Nature is very busy, so she makes lots...
Type: Press release
17 Feb 2014 - 09:14
One of the major problems in today’s society is the efficiency and cost of developing medicines to treat disease.  The advancements in pharmaceutical science have been phenomenal, but the price...
Type: News Article
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