RIKEN is a large natural sciences research institute in Japan. Founded in 1917, it now has approximately 3000 scientists on seven campuses across Japan, the main one in Wako, just outside Tokyo. RIKEN is an Independent Administrative Institution whose formal name is Rikagaku Kenkyusho. RIKEN conducts research in many areas of science, including physics, chemistry, biology, medical science, engineering and computational science, and ranging from basic research to practical applications. It is almost entirely funded by the Japanese government, and its annual budget is approximately 88 billion yen (US$760 million).

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Medical research

Flies fed restricted diet in early adulthood found to live longer

Fruit flies live considerably longer when fed a diet that limits consumption of a certain amino acid during early adulthood, RIKEN biologists have found. If a similar effect occurs in humans, it could allow people to live ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Unlocking the secrets of lung fibrosis with a new mouse model

A RIKEN-developed mouse model of an enigmatic lung disease promises to unlock new biological insights and catalyze the development of treatments for millions affected globally. The research is published in Nature Communications.


New tool reveals the impact of 'jumping genes' on diseases

RIKEN geneticists have developed a tool that can quickly and accurately analyze variants in mobile genetic elements, commonly known as "jumping genes." This promises to shed light on the role such variants play in disease.

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