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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

Using the RIKEN click reaction to weaponize antibodies against cancer

A simple reaction can be used to prime an antibody with a radioactive element that enables it to destroy cancer cells

Analyzing chromatin structure in more detail than ever before

The ability to explore the genome on a sub-nucleosome level promises to lead to new discoveries about how chromatin structure is linked to epigenetics

Neural processes involved in social value conversion in the human brain discovered

The three neural processes by which the brain incorporates benefit to others into decision making have been uncovered

Feature Highlight

Now polymers can self-heal, even when wet

New spontaneously self-healing polymers don’t mind a bit of wetness, and they may be useful in everything from dentistry to liquid crystal display (LCD) screens

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RIKEN People

Leading the race to regenerate eyes

Michiko Mandai, Deputy Project Leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

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Environmentally friendly maleate production using modified E. Coli.

Shuhei Noda at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science are working on a more environmentally friendly production method to produce industrially important maleic acid using a genetically modified Escherichia coli.

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RIKEN's global goals

RIKEN’s strong international links will be expanded by new organizational commitments, says RIKEN Executive Director Motoko Kotani.

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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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