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Through RIKEN Research, our quarterly magazine and website, we present the best of research from RIKEN to the international community. Our research is shown in an accessible, easy-to-read format, providing regular insights into the people, facilities and programs that make up RIKEN. The core component of RIKEN Research are short, easy-to-understand Research Highlight articles explaining for a broad scientific audience some of the latest research articles published by RIKEN researchers.

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Recent Research Highlights

Mapping disease genes to immune cells

Gene variants tied to rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases can now be traced to particular faulty immune cells

The mast-er of worm defense

Mast cells in the gut help fight off parasitic worms in the early stages of infection

An uneven resistance

Superconducting molybdenum disulfide exhibits a huge enhancement in the variability of resistance with field direction

Feature Highlight

Imaging the birth of new brain cells

PET imaging of new neurons in the brain promises to advance our understanding and treatment of depression

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RIKEN People

Revealing our clever immune system

Alexis Vogelzang, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Mucosal Immunity, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

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Encouraging a long-term perspective

Shigeo Koyasu, Executive Director, RIKEN

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Nature’s genius aids sustainability science

From bioplastics and stress-resistant rice to drugs and biofuels, the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science is one of the pivotal science hubs helping Japan reach its ambitious 2030 sustainability targets.

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Special Feature

Nihonium takes its place at the table

Nihonium is the official name, and Nh the chemical symbol, for element 113, which was discovered by Kosuke Morita's group at the Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

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Breeding mutants

Tomoko Abe has bombarded thousands of plants with heavy ions to create unusual varieties

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RIKEN Places

Energizing photons to the max

The RIKEN SPring-8 Center hosts the most powerful synchrotron radiation facility in the world and an x-ray free-electron laser that is a billion times brighter

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