The Frontier Development Program for Genome Editing


On July 2, 2019, we launched the Hiroshima University Tamachi Lab’s new series "Developing a Future Society with ‘Genome Editing’" at the Campus Innovation Center in Minato City, Tokyo.

In the first round of the series, Professor Takashi Yamamoto of the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life delivered a lecture on the theme "Infinite Potentials of Genome-Editing Technology." While sharing with the audience the basic knowledge of what genetics and genomes are, he gave easy-to-understand explanations, using videos, of breed improvement of agricultural crops through mutation breeding and the mechanism of genome-editing technology through artificial nucleases. Also, he indicated the potential of genome technology, and spoke about the differences between genome-editing technology and existing genetic modification technology, the necessity of genome-editing technology as a tool for accelerating the progress of basic research, use of the technology for breeding new agricultural crops, and its application to medical and gene therapies using iPS cells. The seminar attracted about 50 participants. At the meeting after the lecture, there was an active exchange of information, centered on Professor Yamamoto.

In the Tamachi Lab’s seminar series “Developing a Future Society with ‘Genome Editing’,” faculty members in charge of the Frontier Development Program for Genome Editing, which has been selected as a Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education, introduce efforts related to genome-editing technology, which is one of Hiroshima University's strengths, and give easy-to-understand explanations on the “now” and “future”of the technology. The series consists of a total of four seminars, with the second round scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 23, starting from 18:00.

The event will be held at the building near JR Tamachi station that houses Hiroshima University’s Tokyo Office. Please feel free to drop in.

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