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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.

What's new

Jun 20th - 22th, 2017

"The 15th Korea-Japan-China Bioinformatics Symposium" will be held in Seoul, Korea on June 21-22, 2017.

March 27 - 29 2017

NIG International Symposium Genome Evolution at Mishima was held in NIG.

March 15th - 19th, 2017

 “Human evolution in Eurasia elucidated through genetics, archeology, and linguistics” was held in NIG.

September 1st 2016

We determined partial nuclear genome DNA sequences of Jomon people for the first time, and paper was published in Journal of Human Genetics. *PDF*

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.



February 14 2014

Saitou N. (2013) "Introduction to Evolutionary Genomics" Springer. Go to book website


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SAITOU, Naruya
Professor, Division of Population Genetics, National Institute of Genetics
Professor (concurrent), Department of Genetics, School of Life Science, Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Professor (concurrent), Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo

Email Address: mail

TEL: +81-55-981-6790

FAX: +81-55-981-6789


Postal Address: 1111 Yata, Mishima, 411-8540, Japan

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