30 Jul 2019
Dicyemids, microscopic parasites comprised of 30 cells, are in-between creatures. With their basic three-part body plan, they are more complex than single-celled protozoans but considerably less...
Type: Press release
16 Apr 2019
Translucent jellyfish, colorful corals and waving sea anemones have very different bodies but all fall on the same big branch in the animal family tree. Jellyfish actually start out anchored to the...
Type: Press release
28 Mar 2019
If you’ve ever dined on the tropical island of Okinawa, Japan, your plate may have been graced by a remarkable pile of seaweed, each strand adorned with tiny green bubbles. Known as umi-budo or sea...
Type: Press release
25 Mar 2019
Scientists in the OIST Marine Genomics Unit have decoded the genome of popular Okinawan seaweed umi-budo. Known for its eye-catching appearance and "popping" texture, the plant utilizes a specific...
Type: Video
20 Mar 2019
Along the tropical coastline of Okinawa, Japan, farmers raise rows of delectable seaweed and harvest tens of thousands of tons of the crop each year. Unfortunately, scientists predict that pollution...
Type: News Article
25 Dec 2018
The islands of Okinawa are surrounded by magnificent coral reefs. However, in recent years changing climatic and anthropogenic conditions have left large stretches of these reefs damaged and...
Type: News Article
13 Dec 2018
Gene trees, much like family trees, trace the lineage of a particular gene from its deep ancestral roots to its still-growing stems. By comparing gene trees to species trees, which map the...
Type: News Article
23 Oct 2018
The striped catfish Pangasianodon hypophthalmus makes its home in the legendary Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia and largest inland fishery in the world . Vietnam stands as the...
Type: News Article
24 Aug 2018
A new Nature Communications paper has journeyed to the inside of our insides, as a team from the Okinawa Institute of...
Type: Press release
26 Jul 2018
It is more likely that you have seen a habu snake in a bottle of local rice liquor Awamori, in Okinawa, than that you’ve spotted one slithering by the wayside.  Even so, habus are very common in...
Type: Press release
17 May 2018
Coral reefs are in trouble. Between pollution, rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification, coral systems throughout the world’s oceans are severely declining – and some have disappeared. However...
Type: News Article
5 Dec 2017
If you were to visit a marine biology lab at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), you might find strange-looking worms squirming in petri dishes, their...
Type: News Article
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