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Exoskeleton That Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier in Japan

May 12, 2015 9:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her.

Study: Global Warming to Push 1 in 13 Species to Extinction

May 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new...

Mystery Lingers Over STAP “Acid Bath” Stem Cells

January 7, 2015 10:22 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

An investigatory panel hired by the Riken Institute in Toyko, Japan recently issued reports...

Tokyo Closes Park Seen as Local Source of Dengue

September 5, 2014 12:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular park in downtown Tokyo has been closed temporarily after dozens of cases of...

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Prominent Japan Stem Cell Center to Undergo Changes

September 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), the prominent Japan institute where Haruko Obokata was found to commit misconduct on stem cell papers, will be halved, according to a Riken representative.              

Japan Sees First Local Dengue Case in Over 60 Years

August 27, 2014 12:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years. The ministry says the case occurred in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo.            

As STAP Papers are Retracted, A Riken Researcher Mulls Stalling World-First Trial

July 2, 2014 2:55 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Just as Nature was setting about retracting two famous Riken CDB papers claiming to make “STAP” stem cells from ordinary cells, another Riken researcher said she might suspend a world-first clinical trial of a competing—legitimate—stem cell technique. But within hours, she modified her views, according to Riken.

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One Japan Stem Cell Institute Soars, One Struggles

June 18, 2014 12:59 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

As Nobel Prize-winning scientist Shinya Yamanaka regaled a New York crowd with advances that may send his Japanese institute to the top of the global stem cell field, investigators in Tokyo said the stem cell division at his sister institute is so wracked with problems it should dismantle—or dramatically revamp.

Breaking News: Growing Concerns Over STAP Cell Sources

March 27, 2014 10:25 am | by Cynthia Fox | Blogs | Comments

Cloning pioneer Teru Wakayama found two STAP stem cell batches made for recent Nature STAP papers were apparently not derived from a 129 mouse strain, as he was told, but F1 and B6 strains. While the erroneous data, which appeared in one of the papers, does not affect the works' main thrust, it is spurring calls for reviews of other STAP stem cell sources.

High Cesium Level Found in Fish by Fukushima Plant

March 17, 2013 3:03 am | by MALCOLM FOSTER - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant. That's 7,400 times the government limit for safe human consumption. The bottom-dwelling fish called a...

‘Zombie Worm’ Development Unveiled

March 13, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

How do bone-eating worms reproduce? A new study sheds light on this question through a detailed observation of the postembryonic development and sexual maturation of Osedax worms, also known as “zombie worms.”

New Technology Allows Scientists to Capture and Preserve Cancer Cells Circulating in the Bloodstream

December 17, 2012 9:27 am | by RIKEN Advanced Science Institute | News | Comments

Scientists report a new nanoscale Velcro-like device that captures and releases tumor cells that have broken away from primary tumors and are circulating in the bloodstream. This new nanotechnology could be used for cancer diagnosis and give insight into the mechanisms of how cancer spreads throughout the body.

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