DNA

Man switched at birth wins damages for poor life
San-Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo's Sumida Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Kyoto researchers develop DNA software that can halt food fraud
Sliced raw tuna is sold in a supermarket in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Ministry to help speedy development of new rice varieties
Employees of a prefectural agricultural experimental station check rice ears and lengths in Fukui in 2012 to develop new varieties. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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.
Scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk
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...
'Dr. Dinosaur' presents the basics of paleontology
Makoto Manabe, senior scientist at the National Museum of Nature and Science (Photo: Yusaku Miyazaki)
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 ...
It's not exactly 'Jurassic Park': Montana professor determined to...
Curator of Paleontology at Museum of Rockies and technical adviser for the film “Jurassic Park” Jack Horner holds a replica of a chicken skeleton. One does not yet exist for the chickenosaurus. (Photo: Shiro Namekata)
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....
Long-lived bats offer clues on diseases, aging
Long-lived bats offer clues on diseases, aging. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Genetic kinship found between Ainu and native Okinawans
The Asahi Shimbun
Geneticists have identified similar inherited traits between the Ainu of Hokkaido and native Okinawans, two peoples whose homelands are geographically poles apart.
EDITORIAL: Wrongful conviction underscores need to review judicial ...
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...
Study aims to unlock the genetic secret of aging well
"It's important to live an orderly life and sleep seven to eight hours a night," says Giuseppe Piro, 102.(Photo: Noriko Akiyama)
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.
In search of the gene that leads to long life
Research into aging and longevity is advancing along two major fronts. One is focusing research on cells(Photo: Kyoto University)
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...
VOX POPULI: Decision to grant retrial shows justice system can...
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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