[April 2013 organizational change]
Reorganized to explore new research possibilities > Center for Life Science Technologies
ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES

the main contents of research

Life Science Accelerator

Life Science Accelerator

The Life Science Accelerator (LSA) is a system for rapidly decoding the "program of life", the network of molecular interactions in a cell. The LSA makes it possible to collect data on cells genome-wide and with high throughput, conduct comprehensive analyses of this data, and thereby describe molecular networks. The term "accelerator" has been used for this system to accentuate the power and speed with which it will accelerate advancement in life science research.

FANTOM

FANTOM

FANTOM (the Functional Annotation of Mammalian cDNA) is an international consortium sponsored by RIKEN which was started in 2000. The original goal of this consortium was to set up a pipeline to annotate the large quantity of cDNA arrays produced at RIKEN. FANTOM has since developed and expanded over time to encompass fields like transcriptome analysis, and in the FANTOM4 project, currently in progress, research is being done to analyse the transcriptional regulatory network.


Genome network project

Genome network project

The MEXT Genome Network Project is a project to elucidate the network of molecular interactions between genes and phenotypes. As a core organization of this project, RIKEN is producing systematic data and developing genome-wide technologies.

Functional RNA Research Program

Functional RNA Research Program

Through the activities of FANTOM and the Genome Network Project, more than half of genes have been found to be non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). We call this as a new RNA "continent". Non-coding RNAs are thought to play an important role in regulating the working of genes and proteins. The Functional RNA Research Project looks for new varieties of RNA which are elements of the genetic network, and tries to explain their functions.


The RIKEN Mouse Encyclopedia

The RIKEN Mouse Encyclopedia

This is a project to comprehensively collect and analyze full-length cDNA to find the parts of the information written in the genome DNA that actually function as genes. A series of full-length cDNA technologies developed in this project has been widely applied to many other cDNA projects in the world.