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    Doudna & Charpentier Honored by Princess of Asturias Foundation
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    JBEI Brings Fun Bioenergy Science to Berkeley Lab’s 2015 Daughters and Sons to Work Day
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    Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment
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    Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015
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    Possible New RNA Engineering Tool
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    First Bioprocess Pilot-Scale Production of Malonic Acid from Renewable Resources
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    Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery

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Doudna & Charpentier Honored by Princess of Asturias Foundation

Thursday, May 28th 2015

PBD faculty biochemist Jennifer Doudna, Professor at UC Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, Professor at the Hannover Medical School in Germany, have been bestowed with the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. Their research on the CRISPR/Cas9 system has meant a revolution in biotechnology. This genome-editing technology enables the genome to be rewritten and defective genes to be corrected very economically with an unprecedented level of precision. Inspired by the antiviral defence mechanism in bacteria, their work thus holds great promise … Read More >>

Extending the Reach of X-ray Scattering

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

In biology, materials science, and the energy sciences, structural information provides important insights into the understanding of matter. The link between a structure and its properties can suggest new avenues for designed improvements of synthetic materials or provide new fundamental insights in biology and medicine at the molecular level. During standard X-ray solution scattering experiments, molecules scatter X-rays as they tumble around during exposures, resulting in a diffraction pattern with matching measurements along all angles due to the full orientational averaging. When … Read More >>

ENIGMA Researcher Recipient of 2014 E. O. Lawrence Award

Friday, May 22nd 2015

Jizhong (Joe) Zhou, principal investigator for ENIGMA (Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies), a DOE Scientific Focus Area grant program and managed by the Physical Biosciences Division of Berkeley Lab, is one of nine scientists honored with an E.O. Lawrence Award. Zhou is a Presidential Professor in the Department of Botany and Microbiology and Director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics at the University of Oklahoma, as well as a guest researcher with Berkeley Lab’s Earth … Read More >>

Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

Monday, May 18th 2015

Researchers — including physical bioscientist David Schaffer — have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that would make aging tissues throughout the body act young again. The drug interferes with the activity of a growth factor, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta1), that Schaffer’s UC Berkeley colleague Irina Conboy showed over the past 10 years depresses the ability of … Read More >>

CLAIRE Brings Electron Microscopy to Soft Materials

Friday, May 15th 2015

Naomi Ginsberg of Physical Biosciences and Materials Sciences Divisions at Berkeley Lab and the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute, led the development of a technique called “cathodoluminescence activated imaging by resonant energy transfer” (CLAIRE), that extends the incredible resolution of electron microscopy to the non-invasive nanoscale imaging of soft matter. Read More >>