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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.49

April 28,2016

Kyoto University

Topic:
Genetic Changes Revealed in Fruit Flies Raised without Light for 1,500 Generations
Researcher:
Naoyuki Fuse, Researcher, Graduate School of Biostudies Kiyokazu Agata, Professor, Graduate School of Science
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The study of evolution is hampered by the fact that it generally occurs too slowly to be observed in real time, so only the traces left after an evolutionary event remain. Kyoto University researchers have been working on a unique research tool that can…

Kyushu University

Topic:
Phosphorylation of EB2 by Aurora B and CDK1 ensures mitotic progression and genome stability
Researcher:
Yoshihiko Maehara, Professor, Makoto Iimori, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Temporal regulation of microtubule dynamics is essential for proper progression of mitosis and control of microtubule plus-end tracking proteins by phosphorylation is an essential component of this regulation. Here we show that Aurora B and CDK1 phosphorylate microtubule …

Ritsumeikan University

Sophia University

Topic:
Microwaves in Catalysis: Methodology and Applications
Researcher:
Satoshi Horikoshi, Associate Professor, Department of Materials and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology
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A comprehensive overview covering the principles and preparation of catalysts, as well as reactor technology and applications in the field of organic synthesis, energy production, and environmental catalysis. Edited and authored by renowned and experienced scientists, …

The University of Tokyo

Topic:
Straight from the pages of science fiction!: Regeneration of human organs in large mammals
Researcher:
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Professor, The Institute of Medical Science
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“Even if it’s published in Nature, I won’t believe it until I check it myself.” So says a smiling Professor Hiromitsu Nakauchi of the University of Tokyo Institute of Medical Science (also on the faculty at Stanford University), one of the leaders in the field of regenerative …

University of Tsukuba

Topic:
Effect of context exposure after fear learning on memory generalization in mice
Researcher:
Masanori Sakaguchi, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, WPI-IIIS
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The conditions under which memory generalization occurs are not well understood. Although it is believed that fear memory generalization is gradually established after learning, it is not clear whether experiences soon after learning affect generalization …

Waseda University

Topic:
“Sharp's Transfer of its Management Rights to Hon Hai Takes a Sinuous Course—How Should Japanese Businesses Deal with M&A Bids from Overseas Firms?
Researcher:
Kazunori Suzuki, Professor, Faculty of Commerce and Graduate School of Business and Finance
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Sharp Corporation announced its merge with Hon Hai Precision Industry Company as a final result to recover from its financial strait. According to newspaper reports, Hon Hai proposed to provide financial support of approximately 700 billion yen. Hon Hai’s conditions…

Keio University

Topic:
Discovery of a Bacterium that Degrades and Assimilates Poly (ethylene terephthalate) could Serve as a Degradation and/or Fermentation Platform for Biological Recycling of PET Waste Products
Researcher:
Kenji Miyamoto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology
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Most PET products simply end up in landfills, never entering a recycling process, and it was generally believed that PET is resistant to microbial degradation. However, the present research overturns certain aspects of this commonly accepted theory, and the findings are expected ….

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