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Jun 19, 2015

Five suspected MERS victims in Japan arrived from South Korea

Five people in Japan who were suspected of being infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome had broken home quarantine in South Korea, health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Thursday. In South Korea, anyone put under home quarantine after coming into contact with a MERS-infected person ...

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 ...