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...
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25 Mar 2019
The Japanese giant box jellyfish has a painful sting that makes its victim feel as though their flesh is on fire. In Japanese, these venomous stings earned the jellyfish its nickname: the “fire...
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25 Mar 2019
Jellyfish start out in a stationary polyp stage and later develop into jellyfish, when environmental conditions are right. The Morbakka virulenta, pictured here, is beginning to develop into a full-...
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25 Mar 2019
Research by the Marine Genomics Unit revealed that the genome of the moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) is more similar to a coral or sea anemone than another jellyfish, Morbakka virulenta.
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20 Mar 2019
Winner of the 2019 Science Challenge, Yumeho Nakanishi poses with Youhei Morita. Nakanishi’s presentation was on incorporating cell biology into creating a more ethical, sustainable meat.
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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
18 Mar 2019
Both developing babies and elderly adults share a common characteristic: the many cells making up their bodies are always on the move. As we humans commute to work, cells migrate through the body to...
Type: Press release
12 Mar 2019
Researchers from the Marine Genomics Unit stand with co-authors from the Onna Fisheries Cooperative on Nabee Beach in Okinawa. Together, the team collected and decoded the genome of ito-mozuku (...
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12 Mar 2019
Mozuku, a type of brown seaweed, contains exceptionally high levels of fucoidan compared to other seaweeds. This is especially true of the sporophyte of the “Onna-1” strain of ito-mozuku, a very big...
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11 Mar 2019
The Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit has devised a machine learning software to segment, track, and analyze the movement of migrating cells. Named Usiigaci, a Ryukyuan word that means “tracing,” the...
Type: Video
11 Mar 2019
Usiigachi, a software developed by the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, allows users to easily segment, track and analyze the migration of label-free cells. The tool can be used as an all-in-one solution...
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11 Mar 2019
Prof. Amy Shen (left) and Hsieh-Fu Tsai of the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit stand beside the microscope that they use to capture images of migrating cells. As an initial step to pursue his thesis...
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