Nitrogen fixation occurred first in eubacteria, not arches

https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/news/7341 Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li and colleagues at the Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, have published a study that overturns the conventional hypothesis on the origin and evolution of nitrogen fixation in organisms. Previous studies had postulated that nitrogen fixation first evolved in archaea and then transferred to eubacteria. However, nitrogen-fixing eubacteria are much more […]

Traffic jams with frequent brake use generates aerosols with health risks

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/news/221103/topic_nt_02.html A research team from Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) and National Taiwan University (NTU) has found that not only the concentration of particulate matter (PM) but also its composition significantly affects health risks. The team monitored air quality near a busy road in Taipei City for one month and found that organic aerosols, iron, manganese, […]

Listed Pharma startups in Taiwan

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/062200025/092800021/ Nikkei Biotech has published a list of pharma ventures in Taiwan. These are Company name Security code Listing date Business PharmaEssentia Corp 6446 2016 Treatment of erythrocyte hyperplasia etc. P1101 has already been launched in Europe, the U.S. and other markets Polaris Group 6550 2022 Anti-cancer drugs. P3 study of ADI-PEG20, a treatment for […]

Genistet, a soybean ingredient, prevents cardiovascular side effects of marijuana

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/news/220904/topic_nt_01.html https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(22)00443-3 Researchers at the Taiwan National Taiwan University (NTU)  have found that genistein, a component in soybeans, red clover and other plants, prevents the adverse cardiovascular effects of marijuana use. The results of this study were published in the journal Cell. Epidemiological studies have shown that marijuana use is associated with an increased risk […]

Taiwan’s ITRI holds workshop on “Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence”

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/news/220905/topic_nt_03.html Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on August 2 hosted the 2022 International Workshop on Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) online. More than 500 participating experts discussed AI risk management and trustworthy AI systems. Taiwan’s establishment of a reliable AI framework, its introduction into products, and its global dissemination will lead to further growth of Taiwan’s […]

Taiwan and UK discuss offshore wind power, port development and biomass

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/news/220905/topic_nt_02.html The Bureau of Energy, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the British Office Taipei, Taiwan’s equivalent of an embassy, jointly held the 4th Taiwan-UK Energy Dialogue on July 5. Experts from both Taiwanese and British government agencies and organizations were invited to share their knowledge and experiences on offshore wind power, port development policies, and […]

Academica Sinica Taiwan detects new lead for anti-cancer drug

https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/news/7253 Swainsonine, an alkaloid, is an inhibitor of human Golgi alpha-mannosidase II and can control cancer growth by preparing N-linked glycosylation, but clinical development has been suspended due to side effects. A team at at the Genomic Research Center of Academia Sinica in Taiwan has designed a hybrid skeleton that combines the structures of the pyrrolidine-based […]

Report: Taiwan’s science and technology capability

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/experience/2022/topic_et_22.html In the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2021, Taiwan ranked 8th out of 64 countries/regions evaluated, a new record high. The Research Center for Asia-Pacific Studies (RCAP) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has released a research report entitled “Taiwan’s Science and Technology Capability: Innovation Policies and Basic Research Trends of the Tsai […]

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