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Sep 17, 2014

Obokata's mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy

Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key co-author of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised method for producing pluripotent stem cells. “We made a significant mistake in our original declaration that the (previous) protocol was ‘easy’ ...

Health ministry updates manual for dengue fever

Sep 13, 2014

Health ministry updates manual for dengue fever

The health ministry has revised its manual for dengue fever after the first domestic outbreak of the tropical disease in 70 years revealed it was outdated. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday the manual was updated to provide responses for dengue infections ...

Sep 11, 2014

Yoyogi mosquitoes still carrying dengue virus

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday that the dengue virus was detected again in mosquitoes collected in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. The virus was first confirmed in mosquitoes there last week. Of the 20 locations checked by the metropolitan government, the ...

Sep 10, 2014

First dengue fever case outside Tokyo reported

A man who lives in the city of Chiba has become the first person in the current outbreak of dengue fever to be infected outside of Tokyo, the health ministry said Tuesday. On Wednesday, about two weeks after the first reported case, the ministry ...

Sep 9, 2014

Kyoto University professor shares Lasker medical prize

Kyoto University professor Kazutoshi Mori shares this year’s Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Peter Walter of the University of California, San Francisco, for unraveling the inner workings of the cell to process proteins that serve as a basis for ongoing drug development ...

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Sep 3, 2014

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Japanese researchers say they have developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in just 30 minutes, speeding up the ability to diagnose infections of the deadly disease. Professor Jiro Yasuda and his team at Nagasaki University say their process ...

JAXA hopes to repeat asteroid success with Hayabusa2

Sep 1, 2014

JAXA hopes to repeat asteroid success with Hayabusa2

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency unveiled the new asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 to the press over the weekend as it looks to outdo the particle-collecting feat achieved by its predecessor in 2010. “I’m grateful because the new asteroid probe is now nearly complete,” professor Hitoshi ...