30 Jun 2020
All life depends on a genome, which acts as an instruction manual for building all the products essential for development and survival. But knowing which of these individual instructions – or genes...
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30 Jun 2020
From left to right: Professor Hidetoshi Saze, Yoshiko Harukawa, Saori Miura and Dr. Tu Le
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30 Jun 2020
In wildtype plants (upper), the DNA (blue strands) is methylated (red diamonds) and tightly packed, so the cryptic TSSs are inaccessible. In epigenetic mutants (lower), the DNA is less methylated and...
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30 Jun 2020
The scientists grew the mutant strains in different trays under artificial light.
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20 Nov 2015
The Food Action Nippon Award is given to businesses and organisations that promote Japanese food and increase Japan’s food self-sufficiency.  On 19 November 2015, the “Nutraceutical Rice Project...
Type: News Article
Rice grains
19 Nov 2015
Prof. Saze’s new rice strain was bred by backcrossing original resistant starch rice (Amiromochi) to Yugafumochi (mother strain) for more than 5 times.
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Prof. Hidetoshi Saze
19 Nov 2015
Prof. Hidetoshi Saze, the head of the Plant Epigenetics Unit at OIST, receives the outstanding performance award for research and development (new technology sector) from the Food Action Nippon...
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Ripening plots of a new resistant starch rice strain
19 Nov 2015
A field of the new strain of resistant-starch rice, developed by Prof. Saze group for Okinawa’s climate.
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26 Mar 2014
In recent years, Okinawa has recorded the dubious distinction of having the highest obesity rate in Japan. Preventing obesity-related diseases is an urgent issue.  Professor Hidetoshi Saze of...
Type: News Article
13 Aug 2013
Genes determine and control traits by producing protein molecules. Some genes, however, do not appear to code for anything. The eukaryotic genome contains a lot of this “junk DNA”, which...
Type: News Article
Prof. Saze's Hand-Drawn Diagram
13 Aug 2013
Prof. Saze's hand-drawn diagram of IBM2 function explaining how IBM2 masks the effect of TEs to facilitate mRNA transcription.
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Model of IBM2 Function
13 Aug 2013
A model of IBM2 function. Top: IBM2 facilitates mRNA (red boxes) transcription over the intragenic heterochromatin (black box and lollipops). Blue boxes represent exons. Bottom: The ibm2 mutant,...
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