NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Japan's Riken announced that it has launched two virtual joint research centers with three Indian collaborators.

Riken has teamed with India's National Center for Biological Sciences, the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, and the Indian Institute of Science in establishing the new joint research centers. These new centers will facilitate scientific exchange and collaborations between the partners in the fields of biology, life sciences, and materials science.

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