5 Feb 2019
Much like shoelaces or dangly necklaces, DNA strands can tangle up in unruly knots. Specialized enzymes keep DNA organized when cells divide, so the cells split smoothly and don’t get stuck. But in...
Type: News Article
31 Jan 2019
Fasting may help people lose weight, but new research suggests going without food may also boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging. Scientists at...
Type: Press release
29 Jan 2019
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
18 Oct 2018
What do watermelons and bacteria have in common? Just like the tasty fruit, microbes can be molded into unusual shapes, a study in...
Type: News Article
18 Oct 2018
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have for the first time imaged the structure of a central component of...
Type: Press release
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
15 Aug 2018
The never-ending fight against bacteria has taken a turn in humanity’s favor with the announcement of a tool that could give the upper hand in drug research. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics has...
Type: News Article
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 Jul 2018
In multicellular organisms, including humans, most DNA is coiled up within the cell’s nucleus. A small part, however, is tucked away within the mitochondria— organelles that produce energy and...
Type: News Article
30 May 2018
It’s a puzzle that has confounded biologists for centuries: the earth’s tropical regions are home to an enormous variety of plant and animal species, but as you travel north or south, away from the...
Type: News Article
21 May 2018
Out at sea, a scientist holds a plankton sample up to the light and observes the shimmering contents. This sparkling spectacle is caused by thousands of microscopic organisms living at the sea...
Type: News Article
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
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