A general-purpose humanoid karakuri ningyo (puppet) robot that accurately dispenses reagents. Saving labor is not the only thing such general-purpose robots for laboratories can do. The reproducibility of research could be dramatically improved by quantifying human skills and experience and setting them to robots. It will also facilitate scaling up of research. Sharing of programs (protocols) could make it easier for everyone to try highly challenging experiments.
Sugashima Island in Toba City, Mie Prefecture, was depicted in Hiroshige Utagawa's ukiyoe (below 'Cells' in this painting). A report on yeasts and filamentous fungi collected around the Sugashima Marine Laboratory, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University (NU-MBL) on this island has been published in the February 2022 issue of this journal (Goshima (2022) Genes to Cells 27: 124-137, DOI: 10.1111/gtc.12916). It was the first article in this journal to explore new marine microorganism species. In this article, the author also observed that three species of marine black yeasts changed their mode of growth and division in response to cell density. We are reminded once again that the seas are a treasure trove of biodiversity. We thank Prof. Gohta Goshima (Director, NU-MBL) for providing the data.