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20th Anniversary of RIKEN BioResource Research Center

Report : BRC 20th Anniversary Talk Event, March 6, 2021 (in Japanese)

Bioresources are the ark of life: the potential of biotechnology using biological diversities

BRC 20th Anniversary Talk Event

How to convey and utilize “bioresources” that support science and technology and society behind the scenes Event Report: “Bioresources are the Ark of Life: The Potential of Biotechnology Expanded by Diversity”

In 2021, RIKEN BioResource Research Center (BRC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. BRC becamme one of the centers for bioresource management in Japan. As we reach this milestone, we aim to collaborate with society through outreach activities. On March 6, 2021, we will introduce BRC’s activities to the general public and explore the direction of how to utilize bioresources and communicate with citizens. The “Bioresources are the Ark of Life: The Potential of Biotechnology Expanded by Diversity” event was carried out with the aim of exploring this very direction.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is still spreading worldwide, has highlighted the fact that biotechnology is a necessary infrastructure for our society. “Bioresources” support the research and development of biotechnology. In order to conduct accurate experiments, samples such as animals and plants, cells, genes, etc. must be preserved, while maintaining their quality, and provided promptly as needed. In addition, since use of bioresources can have a great impact on society and nature, it is important not only to develop related technologies, but also to formulate various accompanying rules.