Taiwan team elucidates role of galectin-4 in protecting against intestinal inflammation

https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/news/7476 The intestinal epithelium acts as the first barrier against the bacterial invasion of host tissues. Galectins are a major type of glycan-binding protein (GBP) that differ from other GBPs by being located mainly intracellularly. Galectin-4 is unique in that it is specifically expressed in the gastrointestinal tract. The research team led by Dr. Fu-Tong […]

A carnivorous mushroom paralyzes and kills nematodes via a volatile ketone

https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/news/7482 A study led by Dr. Yen-Ping Hsueh’s group at the Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, has uncovered that the oyster mushroom develops a lollipop-like structure (toxocyst) on the mycelium that stores a volatile compound, 3-octanone, to kill nematodes. This study “A carnivorous mushroom paralyzes and kills nematodes via a volatile ketone” has been […]

Two Taiwan teams win gold medals at iGEM synthetic biology competition in Paris

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/news/230301/topic_nt_01.html On January 16, the Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) in Taiwan announced that two teams from NYCU won gold medals at the 2022 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), an international synthetic biology competition held in Paris, France, at the end of October 2022, out of 356 teams from top schools around the world. The […]

“AI Aquarium” in Taiwan wins U.S. CES award

https://spap.jst.go.jp/other_asia/news/230102/topic_nt_03.html Photo: AI Aquarium Enables Eye Tracking and Interactive Display of Marine Life Information (Courtesy of ITRI) The AI Aquarium uses technology that fuses the virtual world with reality to display information about marine life in real time according to the visitor’s line of sight. Using gestures, visitors can also intuitively operate the aquarium without […]

Team in Academia Sinica Taiwan: a single cell atlas for embryonic spinal motor neurons

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-35574-x https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/news/7439 A research team, led by Jun-An Chen, Ph.D. from Academia Sinica Taiwan in Taipei, sequenced 10,000 motor neurone (MNs) in the spinal cord of mouse embryos at the single-cell level. The team discovered new subtypes within known MN types and reported their genetic markers. They also compared subtype diversity among different species. The […]

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 […]

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