Genes and Minds Initiative
Workshop on Ape Genomics
March 14 and 15, 2001
Hotel Inter-Continental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo
hotel info here
to webpage in Japanese
Workshop GEMINI was a great success. We organizers appreciate participants and related people to make it successful.
Although the workshop was over, this website will be here for a while with some updates.
RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center
National Institute of Genetics
RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Remarkable progress of the Human Genome Project will bring us soon the
entire sequence of the human genome, the genetic blueprint of ourselves,
which may allow us to understand ourselves more profoundly and precisely.
Taking such progress of the Human Genome Project as well as the progress of
genomics in general into consideration, RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center, National Institute of Genetics,
and RIKEN Brain Science Institute are
initiating a joint project for exploring the genetic/genomic basis of
various features unique to human. Since the highly developed intellect and
mind are the most characteristic feature of human, the project is termed
"Genes and Minds Initiative (GEMINI)".
For promoting our project as well as similar activities in various
countries, RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center (Director Akiyoshi Wada), National Institute of
Genetics (Director Yoshiki Hotta), and RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Director Masao Ito)
organized this workshop.
Yoshiyuki Sakaki (RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center)
Naruya Saitou (National Institute of Genetics)
Nobuyuki Nukina (RIKEN Brain Science Institute)
Admission for this workshop is free.
More information on GEMINI workshop:
Web Home Page: http://sayer.lab.nig.ac.jp/GEMINI/ (this page)
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact us at the above email address.
This workshop was mentioned in news in Nature, February 8 (vol. 409, pp. 651-652):
Japan's ape sequencing effort set to unravel the brain's secrets
by David Cyanoski
New!: This workshop was reported in news in Science, March 23 (vol. 291, no. 5512, p. 2297):
Chimp Sequencing Crawls Forward
by Dennis Normile
[photo credits of this page]
Left: chimpanzee, taken at Tama Zoo, Tokyo, Japan by Saitou Naruya
Middle: gorilla (famous albino, White Flake), taken at Barcelona Zoo, Spain, by Saitou Naruya
Right: orangutan, taken at Tama Zoo, Tokyo, by Saitou Naruya
Last updated: 04/15/01