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Chimpanzees Can Master Rock-Paper-Scissors Game: Japan Team (News)

Kyoto, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese research group said Thursday it has found that chimpanzees have the ability to learn the rules of the rock-paper-scissors game. "The study shows that a chimpanzee has a cognitive capacity roughly equivalent to that of a four-year-old child," said Matsuzawa Tetsurō, a professor at Kyoto University. The findings by the group led by Matsuzawa were publishe…

Kyoto University, Others Eye Clinical Trial of Drug Found with iPS Cell Use (News)

Kyoto, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)—Kyoto University said Tuesday that it and three other major Japanese universities are slated to conduct the world's first clinical trial of a drug candidate discovered with the use of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. A team at Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, or CiRA, has examined whether and how each of 6,809 chemical compounds wo…

Global University Rankings: How Are They Measured?Shirabe Masashi

The Abe administration is aiming to get more Japanese universities to rank among the world’s top 100. But are the ranking figures reliable? An academic expert explains how the global rankings are measured and why they should not be used as a policy target.

Nobel Selection, Noda RejectionShiraishi Takashi

Yamanaka Shin’ya, a professor at Kyoto University, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent, a finding that holds tremendous promise for the development of regenerative medicine. This is splendid news, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Yamanaka. …

Kyoto University CiRA: Japan’s Leading Stem Cell Research Center

Induced pluripotent stem cells known as iPS cells have two crucial abilities: they can differentiate into the cells that build many of the body’s tissues and organs, and they can proliferate almost indefinitely. Established in April 2010, the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University has been studying these cells and conducting cutting-edge research into their potential use in regenerative medicine.

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