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Department of Life Science and Biotechnology

Realizing a healthy, active, aged society and creating a sustainable society

A society in which people live a long life in good health and at ease, and a sustainable society with reduced environmental load is desired. We are contributing to life innovation by developing new technologies to evaluate health and to promote drug discovery, as well as to maintain, improve, and recover health according to individual conditions. We are also contributing to green innovation by developing technologies to reduce environmental loads using bioprocesses.

 
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New Research Results

Elucidation of the Mechanism of Dry Environment Resistance via Ant Neuropeptide

AIST examined the expression levels of inotocin, an ant neuropeptide, between young worker ants staying the nest and old worker ants active outside. It was clarified that inotocin controls the synthesis of hydrocarbons that prevent the water loss from the body surface.

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Worker ant with individual identification barcode (left) and the mechanism to regulate the resistance against the dry environment via inotocin (right)

Observation of Nanometer-size Antibody Aggregates in Solution

AIST applied a scanning electron-assisted dielectric microscope developed by AIST to observation of antibody aggregates, and demonstrated that aggregates ranging from nanometers to micrometers or more in size can be measured without drying or staining. A wide range of applications can be expected.

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Observation and particle analysis of antibody aggregates in solution


Research Unit

Open Innovation Laboratory

Since FY 2016, as a part of the “Open Innovation Arena concept” promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), AIST has created the concept of “open innovation laboratories” (OILs), collaborative research bases located on university campuses, and has been engaged in their provision. We are planning to establish more than ten OILs by FY 2020.

AIST will merge the basic research carried out at universities, etc. with AISTʼs goal-oriented basic research and applied technology development, and will promote bridging research and evelopment and industry by the establishment of OILs.

  • AIST-Waseda University Computational Bio Big-Data Open Innovation Laboratory (CBBD-OIL)
  • AIST-Osaka University Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory (PhotoBIO-OIL)

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