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The Genetics of Sleep: Tsukuba Researchers Make Breakthrough Discoveries

Researchers at the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine of the University of Tsukuba have identified two genes directly involved in regulating sleep and wakefulness. The IIIS team published the breakthrough discoveries in the electronic edition of the British scientific journal Nature in November 2016. The mechanics of sleep is one of neuroscience’s greatest mysteries. Why d…

National Institute for Environmental Studies: Using Genetic Time Capsules to Preserve Species for the Future

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (located in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture) is building “time capsules” containing specially frozen samples of tissues and cells taken from endangered species. These samples hold vital information for scientists studying the causes of extinction and may lead to key breakthroughs in the fight against infectious disease.

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