We study evolution of organisms at the genomic levels through computer analyses and genome sequencing. We are particularly interested in primate and human evolution. Themes of our study are quite diverse as follows.
# Analysis of genome evolution: We study lineage-specific highly conserved DNAs at different levels of organism groups, such as vertebrates, mammals, primates, and whole eukaryotes.
# DNA analysis of human populations: We study genetic affinities of modern humans with special reference to those in Asia. We are also involved in various ancient genome analyses of human remains.
# Development of nucleotide sequence analysis methods: We developed new system MISHIMA which can multiply align many bacrterial genome-size sequences.
# Other themes: blood group gene evolution, duplicated gene evolution, and analysis of introgression between closely related primate species.
- March 27 - 29 2017
NIG International Symposium Genome Evolution at Mishima was held in NIG.
- March 15th - 19th, 2017
- September 1st 2016
- August 20 2016
Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Evolutionarily conserved noncoding sequence in eukaryotes." at The 14th CJK Bioinformatics Training Course & Symposium in China.
- June 12 2016
Saber et al.’s paper was published in Genome Biology and Evolution. Go to Journal website