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New exhibition featuring Dr. Masatoshi Nei, the 2013 Kyoto Prize laureate in Basic Sciences opened at the University of Miyazaki. Dr. Nei, an evolutionary biologist, proposed what is now called “Nei’s Genetic Distance,” which quantifies differences in the vestiges of evolution that remain within proteins and DNA in his 1972 paper. This innovative idea has...
Approx. half century has passed since “Nei’s Genetic Distance” was announced in 1972. The method that Dr. Masatoshi Nei developed facilitated a quantitative and statistical analysis based on molecular data for the evolutional phenomena (how long ago the populations diverged on the evolutionary tree of life) which had been nothing but estimation or hypothesis. His epoch-making idea made an enormous impact on the world of evolutional biology. His outstanding achievements were highly regarded and the John Scott Award, found in 1816, went to Dr. Nei, this year. Congratulations!