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Project name Functional RNA Project
Area Genome Informatics
Purpose

The objective of this project is to establish the leadership of Japan in this research field by developing methods to estimate functional RNAs using bioinformatics as well as supporting techniques and tools for analyzing functional RNAs and analyzing the functions of functional RNAs. Another purpose of the project is to contribute to the creation of new medical/diagnostic business fields through timely utilization of patents based on the results of the project. (cited from the NEDO:Functional RNA Project (http://www.nedo.go.jp/english/activities/portal/gaiyou/p06011/p06011.html))

Introduction

Through recent research activities, it has been found that there are many noncoding RNAs (ncRNA) that can undergo transcription although they do not code proteins, unlike conventional RNAs that code proteins, in the cells of higher organisms, including mammals. These noncoding RNAs play an important role as functional RNAs in the processes of development and differentiation of cells. Moreover, it is understood that these RNAs are deeply involved in the development of various diseases, including cancer and diabetes. The objective of this project is to establish the leadership of Japan in this research field by developing methods to estimate functional RNAs using bioinformatics as well as supporting techniques and tools for analyzing functional RNAs and analyzing the functions of functional RNAs. Another purpose of the project is to contribute to the creation of new medical/diagnostic business fields through timely utilization of patents based on the results of the project. (cited from the NEDO:Functional RNA Project (http://www.nedo.go.jp/english/activities/portal/gaiyou/p06011/p06011.html))

Keyword functional RNA | non-coding RNA | Bioinformatics | functional analysis | tool development
Started fiscal year 2005-2009
Project head Kimitsuna Watanabe
Institute of the head Biomedicinal Information Research Center (BIRC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Budget 4000
Representative Institute of the commission Japan Biological Informatics Consortium (JBiC)
Companies Japan Biological Informatics Consortium (JBiC) | Kyowa Hakko | Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. | INTEC Systems Institute, Inc. | DNA Chip Research Inc.
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