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 protein-making machinery to manufacture the gene’s final product.
The Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit is primarily concerned not with theory or bench work, but with studying the causes and effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to achieve tangible benefits for affected children and their families.
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 technicians.
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.
In recent years scientists, including OIST Professor Keshav Dani, have begun to understand how nano engineered materials, together with the rules of quantum mechanics and relativity, allow us to make materials that violate the familiar rules about how stuff behaves.
In a paper published on August 17 in Cell, a team of researchers including OIST's Ulf Skoglund details a major step forward in understanding what caveolae look like and how they behave—and points the way toward a potentially game-changing method of drug delivery.
From August 6-10, OIST and the Onna Village Government jointly hosted the Children's School of Science at the Fureai Taiken Center in Onna. A total of 74 students spent their morning hours conducting experimentsto discover the fun of science.
In a paper published last month in the Journal of Neuroscience, Prof. Erik De Schutter and his former postdoc Gabriela Antunes report that by constructing a computational model of many molecules in a part of the neuron that regulates synapse strength, they have gained new and surprising insight into what determines that strength.
OIST's Seaside House last 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.