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A Cage Made of Proteins, Designed With Help From the Advanced Light Source

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

With help from Greg Hura and John Tainer at the SIBYLS beamline at the Advanced Light Source, UCLA scientists recently designed a cage made of proteins that could lead to novel biomaterials. The beamline helped the scientists efficiently and quickly understand the assembly process of the protein structures. These structures, composed of specially designed “building block” proteins, have the potential to deliver drugs inside of cells. Read More >>

Jennifer Doudna Receives 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Monday, November 10th 2014

Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division and Saul Perlmutter of the Physics Division were among the featured recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences and Fundamental Physics. Twelve prizes in all, totaling $36 million, were announced Sunday night at a gala in Mountain View hosted by the entertainer Seth MacFarlane. Doudna received her prize, which she shared with Swedish scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier, for “harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for … Read More >>

Synthetic Biology for Space Exploration

Thursday, November 6th 2014

Adam Arkin, director of the Physical Biosciences Division, led a study in which it was demonstrated how synthetic biology may hold the key to long-termed manned explorations of Mars and the Moon. He and his post-doc Amor Menezes showed that biomanufacturing based on microbes could make travel to and settlement of extraterrestrial locations more practical and bearable. Read More >>

Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes

Friday, October 31st 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers, including Physical Biosciences Division’s Caroline Ajo-Franklin, have helped show that short carbon nanotubes can make excellent artificial pores within cell membranes. Moreover, these nanotubes, which are far more rugged than their biological counterparts, can self-insert into a cell membrane or other lipid bilayers. The artificial channels could be used for more robust DNA sequencing, drug delivery, and novel biosensors, say Berkeley Lab scientists. Read More >>

Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants

Thursday, October 30th 2014

By manipulating a plant’s metabolic pathways, PBD’s Henrik Scheller and Dominique Loqué have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression, while at the same time boosting expression to very high levels. Now they have launched a startup company called Afingen to apply this technology for developing low-cost biofuels that could be cost-competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol. Read More >>