January 2019

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year

We at OIST thank you for your support of the OIST Graduate University in 2018. The past year witnessed many achievements including our first ever graduation ceremony. All of us at OIST look forward to the next steps in our exciting journey with a sense of anticipation and pride.

We wish you and your family good health and happiness for 2019.

Peter Gruss
President
OIST Graduate University

Möbius Kaleidocycles: Sensational Structures with Potential Applications

Möbius Kaleidocycles: Sensational Structures with Potential Applications

Scientists introduce a curious new class of linkage which could be used in a variety of fields, from fundamental research to synthetic chemistry to robotics.

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Protein Police Keep the Immune System in Check

Researchers learn how a key transcription factor helps regulate the immune system and could be critical to understanding autoimmune disease and cancer immunosuppression.

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Bizarre Reproduction Strategy Confirmed for the First Time in Okinawan Stony Coral

OIST marine scientists discover asexual reproduction in the coral Pocillopora acuta — a first-time observation for the species in Okinawa.

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Tale of Two Trees: New Web Tool Estimates Gene Trees With Ease

Scientists introduce ORTHOSCOPE, a new web-based tool capable of inferring gene function, estimating gene trees and identifying sets of ancestral genes in just minutes.

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Okinawa’s Future is Bright! Start-up Contest by Local High School Students

OIST hosted SCORE! in which students from eight high schools in Okinawa competed by presenting their entrepreneurial S&T project.

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Signature Structure Grants Enzyme Superfamilies Their Power

Researchers identify a key structural feature of Rossmann-fold methyltransferases, a huge class of enzymes with big responsibilities.

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