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Dec 9, 2014

Japanese team discovers antibiotic effective against MRSA

A Japanese team has discovered an antibiotic effective against the MRSA superbug, according to an online article of the U.S. journal Nature Chemical Biology. The team, including University of Tokyo researchers Hiroshi Hamamoto and Kazuhisa Sekimizu, discovered the antibiotic compound in bacteria collected in ...

Dec 6, 2014

Woman gives birth via egg frozen 12 years ago

A 30-year-old woman has successfully given birth to a child using an egg she had frozen 12 years ago because she was undergoing a cancer treatment that could have made her unable to reproduce, a researcher who helped her said Friday. In Japan, it ...

Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...

Fear of unknown barrier to iPS cures, expert says

Dec 1, 2014

Fear of unknown barrier to iPS cures, expert says

Masayo Takahashi, who led the world’s first operation to implant induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, says greater Japanese understanding of the risks and benefits of new medical procedures is key to achieving her goal of standardizing the procedure one day. ...

JAXA to launch Hayabusa2 space probe on Monday

Nov 29, 2014

JAXA to launch Hayabusa2 space probe on Monday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Saturday it will launch its Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer on Monday. Although the launch was initially scheduled for Sunday, it was postponed due to bad weather. The rescheduled liftoff is set for 1:22 p.m. Monday from the Tanegashima Space ...