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5 thoughts on “Japan Earthquake and Tsunami”

  1. Here is some information I received about developmental biologists in Tohoku University, Sendai, which was the city closest to the epicenter of the earthquake.

    > Dr. (Koji) Tamura, Dr. (Harukazu) Nakamura, Dr. Funahashi, Dr. (Toshihiko) Ogura, Dr. (Noriko) Osumi, and Dr. (Asako) Sugimoto and their lab members are fine, although their laba are a mess. Most serious things are that samples in -20 degree and -80 degree are lost. We have to help them if we have materials they need.




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    1. Thank you, Raj. I think that was the best we could hope for in this situation. Once they have all settled back into their labs, I’m sure people will help them with the material losses, as happened in Chile last year.




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  2. 44th Annual Meeting of JSDB with joint sponsorship of the Asia Pacific Developmental Biology Network (APDBN) will be held during May 18-21, 2011 in Okinawa. After the earthquake the organizing committee surveyed the situation and have decided to hold the meeting as scheduled. Please note that Okinawa is Southern most area in Japan and is more than 2000km away from the Tohoku area, and was completely unaffected by the earthquake. Looking forward to seeing many of you.

    http://www.jsdb.jp/kaisai/jsdb2011/index-e.php




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  3. Updated the post with a message from the NIH.

    The Node has also offered to post (or have people post) any requests for materials and samples that the Tohoku labs might need once they’re back at work. We heard from Noriko Osumi that the main delay in Sendai right now is the unavailability of petrol, which makes it very difficult to start re-construction as staff can’t get to the campus.




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