29 Nov 2018
Scientists once thought that humans must have two million genes to account for all our complexity. But since sequencing the human genome, we’ve learned humans only have about 19,000 to 25,000 genes...
Type: Press release
22 Nov 2018
These “reporter” constructs depict how different regulatory elements drive gene expression in amphioxus embryos. Nuclei throughout the embryo are stained blue, while proteins whose expression is...
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22 Nov 2018
The lancelet, or amphioxus, has a similar body plan to a vertebrate, but lacks certain specializations. By studying lancelet, researchers can learn which genetic attributes evolved with vertebrates...
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20 Oct 2016
Millions of years ago, one species of frog diverged into two species. Millions of years later, the two frogs became one again, but with a few extra chromosomes. Such is the curious case of the...
Type: News Article
19 Nov 2015
A team from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and its collaborators has sequenced the genomes of two species of small water creatures called acorn worms and...
Type: Press release
13 Aug 2015
Imagine a skeleton-less creature with three hearts, with most of its nearly half a billion neurons distributed in eight tentacular arms. Each arm can regenerate like the mythical Hydra and has a mind...
Type: Press release
12 Aug 2015
Color display by Octopus bimaculoides, also known as the Californian two-spot octopus Video: Z. Yan Wang, University of Chicago
Type: Video
12 Aug 2015
Octopus bimaculoides, also known as the Californian two-spot octopus, crawling an aquarium wall Video: Z. Yan Wang, University of Chicago
Type: Video
(From Left) Eric Edsinger, Daniel Rokhsar, Head of the Molecular Genetics Unit and Oleg Simakov, co-first-author.
11 Aug 2015
Researchers from OIST’s Molecular Genetics Unit who co-authored the paper. (From Left) Eric Edsinger, Daniel Rokhsar, Head of the Molecular Genetics Unit and Oleg Simakov, co-first-author.
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Octopus bimaculoides, also known as the Californian two-spot octopus
11 Aug 2015
Octopus bimaculoides, also known as the Californian two-spot octopus, whose genome was sequenced. The Californian two-spot octopus is immediately recognizable from the blue spots on either side of...
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Distribution of Hox genes in chromosomes of different vertebrates and invertebrates
11 Aug 2015
Hox genes are responsible for building the organism from the embryo stage. Compared to Hox genes in humans and other animals, which are found in intact clusters, the octopus’s Hox genes are not...
Type: Photo
6 Jul 2015
The Molecular Genetics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is under new management. The Unit is now led by Daniel Rokhsar, an adjunct and visiting...
Type: News Article
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