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Akira Ohkubo

Senior Scientific Editor

About Akira

Akira, a PhD student in molecular biology, has always been captivated with the art of storytelling. He soon realized that he could merge this interest with his scientific career. For example, how would you explain what DNA is to a 5 year old child? He believes that questions like this can be clearly answered by using metaphors and stories which can be easily understood by everyone. Since science is one of the best ways to uncover the beauty of our world, Akira aims to bring this message across by sharing exciting and elegant scientific stories with TheScienceBreaker.

Akira is the editor of 4 Breaks:

A future of tasty tomatoes

Modern tomatoes are very different from the original tomatoes from South America. Breeding has caused the loss of many essential genes, including those for flavor. Inserting these genes back into modern tomatoes will allow tomatoes to regain flavor.

Jan 14, 2020 | 3 min read
Sleep or die: how good sleep decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Poor-quality sleep changes a pattern of brain activity and increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Sufficient sleeping may serve as a cheap and powerful “treatment” to protect your brain from aging and from this incurable disorder.

Oct 23, 2019 | 3.5 min read
How plants protect themselves from salt stress

Salt stress triggers a series of responses in plants that are necessary to resist this life-threatening condition. We found that one of these responses consists of modifying RNA molecules to make them more resistant to degradation. These findings may provide useful approaches for engineering salt-resistant crops.

Jun 26, 2019 | 3.5 min read
Staying ahead of the wave: predicting fishing efforts in a changing world to save biodiversity

Recent advancements in fishing technologies are unbalancing global marine ecosystems. Our spatio-temporal model to predict global fishing efforts may allow fishers to prevent detrimental overlap of fleets, which eventually helps to save biodiversity.

Mar 25, 2019 | 3.5 min read