Former Kyoto U. chief to take helm at scandal-plagued Riken

Mar 24, 2015

Former Kyoto U. chief to take helm at scandal-plagued Riken

Former Kyoto University President Hiroshi Matsumoto will replace Nobel laureate Ryoji Noyori as head of the Riken research institute, the science ministry decided Tuesday. Noyori, 76, will leave the post on March 31, halfway through his third term through March 2018, after a difficult ...

Japanese team develops proteins that glow

Mar 24, 2015

Japanese team develops proteins that glow

A team of Japanese researchers has developed proteins that produce light visible to the naked eye, according to a paper published online Tuesday by the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The proteins, called “Nano-lanterns” and which release green, orange or ...

Mar 17, 2015

Riken won't sue Obokata over STAP cell scandal

Riken has decided not to file a criminal complaint against Haruko Obokata, a former researcher at the government-affiliated research institute, over the high-profile STAP cell research scandal. Riken is expected to make a formal decision by the end of this month after approval from ...

Mar 7, 2015

Nobel laureate Noyori to resign as Riken head

Nobel laureate Ryoji Noyori, head of the Riken institute, intends to step down after a difficult year caused by last year’s botched stem cell study, sources close to the matter said. Noyori, 76, won the 2001 Nobel Prize in chemistry and has been president ...

Feb 20, 2015

Researchers create stem cell-derived retina tissue

A Japanese team of researchers has developed a method of creating three-dimensional retinal tissue from human embryonic stem cells, according to a study published on Thursday in an electronic edition of British science journal Nature Communications. The research team at the Kobe-based Riken Center ...