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Related Business and Contribution to Society
Through the Biological Science course and Biological Science graduate program, in addition to the training provided to university departments and the Graduate School, we positively contribute to society by providing the likes of assistance and advice on training to members of the public, such as high school teachers, through events like those described below.
Drosophila Stock Preservation
Working in a constant-temperature room
for breeding and rearing
Since the Drosophila lineage preservation system of Tokyo Metropolitan University was recognized as a business of Tokyo in 1962, it has continued to be one of the largest suppliers of Drosophila in Japan, providing specimens for education and research both in Japan and overseas. This work is done by animal breeding technicians, and laboratory support staff in related fields. A feature of our lineage preservation is that, in addition to Drosophila melanogaster mutations we also offer a large number of wild species and wild strains, specifically, more than 100 species and 3000 strains. In 2003, we provided a total of 6131 strains to 59 domestic research institutions, 42 overseas research institutions, and 42 middle- and high-schools.
Makino Herbarium
Botanical specimens stored in a compactor
The Makino Herbarium was established in 1958 to house the more than 400,000 specimens collected by Tomitaro Makino, who was the founder of Japanese plant taxonomy, but which had not yet been classified at the time of his death (the so-called Makino specimens). Classification work has been ongoing since such that, as of March 2003, around 400,000 specimens had been classified, with only about 100,000 still to be processed. The number of specimens with high scores and which are regarded as having high scientific value is on a level approaching the collections of the University of Tokyo, the National Science Museum, and Kyoto University, and is recognized as one of the world's principal herbariums, going by the international symbol MAK. The specimens housed in the Makino Herbarium are not just used for education and research both inside and outside the university, but can also be conveniently perused by researchers visiting from overseas and, in response to requests to borrow specimens, are made widely available to botanical researchers both in Japan and overseas.
Recurring Biology Lectures for Senior High School Teachers
Scene in an experiment teaching method lecture
Rapid development in the life sciences and the increased dependency of society on life sciences has made it necessary for high school teachers to be able to explain new findings to their pupils. The recurring biology lectures provide instruction in the latest progress in the life sciences that relate to the content taught in high school biology classes, with frontline researchers explaining particular points and answering any questions from the attendees.
Open Labs
A graduate student explains a research project
A feature of the Biological Science course is the "Open Labs" that are held two or three times a year, where the general public can visit the laboratories and related facilities. These Open Labs give the public a chance to see inside the actual laboratory facilities, as well as view exhibition panels, experimental apparatus, biological specimens, and so on. The content of the research being done is explained by the full-time teaching staff and the graduate students, giving members of the public a chance to fully understand the work being done as part of the Biological Science course. Every year, the university holds an "open campus" or a campus festival on the same date.
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