September 22, 2015
Legendary manga artist Osamu Tezuka was famous for his trademark beret ... and now a gene analysis company has plucked rogue hairs from his headwear to analyze the cartoonist's ...
April 24, 2015
NEW YORK--Biologists in China reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against altering the...
February 27, 2015
“Two heads are better than one” is the English equivalent of the Japanese proverb “Sannin yoreba monju no chie,” except the latter calls for three heads rather than two ...
July 18, 2014
Using a century-old law, the Supreme Court on July 17 ruled that the legal relationship between a father and a child must be maintained even if DNA testing shows they are not...
June 20, 2014
While identity is something that grounds people and gives them a sense of place in the world, for some, it is by no means a given.
April 29, 2014
URASOE, Okinawa Prefecture--Last summer, a dirt-encrusted old Imperial Japanese Army helmet was uncovered at a construction site in Okinawa.
November 27, 2013
A court ordered a social welfare corporation to pay 32 million yen ($316,830) to a 60-year-old man from a rich family who was switched at birth and ended up living in a poor...
October 22, 2013
A group of researchers at Kyoto University has developed DNA barcoding software that can prevent the fraudulent mislabeling of farm products and seafood, and also help police...
June 07, 2013
The agriculture ministry will set up a center that uses genetic studies to develop rice strains that meet local needs, such as flavorful but disease-resistant varieties.
March 28, 2013
NEW YORK--A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal...
December 23, 2012
Wanting to learn some basic facts about dinosaurs, The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE and, through Twitter, some of its readers posed questions to Makoto Manabe, a senior scientist at the ...
December 23, 2012
First, the blood of a dinosaur is extracted from the body of a mosquito encased in amber to obtain genetic data, which is then spliced with frog DNA to recreate the dinosaur....
December 22, 2012
HONG KONG--The bat, a reservoir for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Nipah, has for decades stumped scientists trying to figure out how it is immune to many deadly bugs but a...
November 01, 2012
Geneticists have identified similar inherited traits between the Ainu of Hokkaido and native Okinawans, two peoples whose homelands are geographically poles apart.
October 30, 2012
The wrongful conviction of a Nepalese man for a 1997 murder in Tokyo has raised some serious questions about the criminal justice process. All the people involved need to make...
August 12, 2012
In their quest to unlock the secrets of aging well, scientists are consulting the experts--men and women who have happily and healthily reached the ripe old age of 100 or older.
August 12, 2012
Why do living organisms grow old? The answer to that question is gradually becoming clearer as rapid advances in molecular biology shed light on the structural mechanisms of...
June 08, 2012
In antiquity, bizarre trials were not uncommon around the world. In Europe, it was believed that the bodies of murder victims would bleed if the perpetrators approached them.
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