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Egg or sperm? Japan finds gene that makes the call

Jun 12, 2015

Egg or sperm? Japan finds gene that makes the call

Providing insight into the sometimes mysterious biology of reproduction, researchers in Japan have identified a gene that controls whether the reproductive precursor cells known as germ cells eventually become sperm or eggs. The scientists described experiments on a small fish called the medaka, or ...

Jun 11, 2015

Japan to ask MERS 'contacts' to stay home

The health ministry said Thursday it will call on people to stay home if they have come within 2 meters of those infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, and talked to them without wearing masks. Family members who live with MERS carriers ...

Jun 8, 2015

Kobe probes hospital over liver transplant deaths

The Kobe Municipal Government inspected a newly opened hospital on Monday where five out of nine patients who received livers from living donors died within a month of undergoing the procedure. The inspection, based on the Medical Care Act, came after the death of ...

Jun 5, 2015

Japan on alert as deadly MERS spreads in South Korea

Japan started monitoring travelers from South Korea more closely Thursday to keep the regional outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at bay, while businesses began taking precautions. The potentially deadly coronavirus has so far caused four deaths and infected dozens in South Korea. Some ...

Jun 5, 2015

Consumer center warns of eyelash extension treatment dangers

Japan’s consumer center warned Thursday that eyelash extensions can damage users’ eyes and skin, with the number of associated problems remaining high in recent years. The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said it received 599 complaints in the five years through fiscal 2014 ...