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Symbiotic colony composed of E. coli and Dictyostelium.
Symbiotic colony composed of E. coli and Dictyostelium.
[Ref: M. Todoroki, et al., BioSystems, 65, 105-112, (2002)]
In the year 2002 the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology started the "Priority Assistance for the Formation of Worldwide Renowned Centers of Research - The 21st Century Center of Excellence Program". This program is based on the competitive principle that selection for support by the program relies on third party evaluation, and by giving priority support to the formation of world-class centers of research it aims to promote the creation of internationally competitive universities that answer to the world's highest standards. The Ministry makes a selection from proposals sent by universities from all over Japan for the formation of centers of research and education on a graduate school specialization level. In 2002, from 5 fields of study, namely the Life Sciences, Chemistry/Materials Sciences, Information/Electrics/Electronics, the Human Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Research/Combined Research Areas/New Fields of Research, 113 centers were selected from a total of 464 applications, and at Osaka University 7 centers were selected.

We are now developing new information technologies (ITs) to build a networked symbiotic environment (NSE) where many humans can go on living in a pleasant, symbiotic society.



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