Press Release

October 23 , 2013

Incorporated Administrative Agency, Fisheries Research Agency

International Symposium on Aquatic Metagenomics to be held in November

The Fisheries Research Agency (FRA) and Kitasato University will jointly hold an International symposium on Aquatic Metagenomics at the School of Pharmacy Convention Hall, Kitasato University, on November 23 and 24.

The waters around Japan are among the highest biodiversity areas in the world and numerous studies on the abundant marine bioresources in these sites have been conducted. Recently, these studies have been accelerated by progress in the field of genome science, including metagenomic analysis. Under the present situation, we are conducting a symposium on the latest research in aquatic metagenomics, including the problems that this new field is facing. A special lecture will also be given at this symposium by Dr. James D. Watson, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for his proposal of the double-helix model of DNA and proof of its function.

This symposium is jointly held by the FRA, as a part of a cooperation with universities with which FRA concluded comprehensive cooperation agreements, and Kitasato University, as a part of a commemorative project of the 50th anniversary of the Kitasato University’s foundation and the 100th anniversary of the Kitasato Institute’s foundation, “Kitasato 100 × 50 - Pioneer the Next -”.