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Riken, Kitasato University Team on Aquatic Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Japanese research institute Riken Omics Science Center said today that it will collaborate with Kitasato University's School of Marine Biosciences on a genomics research and student exchange program.

The joint project between Riken OSC and the Kitasato marine research campus, which conducts research that supports the regional fishing industry, will involve genomic analysis studies of aquatic life.

Under the student exchange program, Riken OSC also will accept students from the Laboratory of Fish Genetics and Breeding Biology, which formerly was located at its Sanriku campus in Yoshihama Bay that saw its student housing destroyed by a tsunami in March of this year.

Riken said it hopes that by connecting the two institutions the collaboration will transform "the misfortune of a catastrophic natural disaster into a new opportunity" for students and researchers from the Sanriku campus.

Riken OSC is developing an analysis system it calls the Life Science Accelerator that will collect genome-wide data from cells and other biological networks and comprehensively analyze experimental data to elucidate molecular networks.

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