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    Orange is the New Red: Protein Shifts More Than Just Color for Cyanobacterial Photoprotection
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    Innovative Microvi Bio-ethanol Technology Validated at Berkeley Lab
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    Twitter Chat @BerkeleyLab Raises Profile of Advanced Biofuels
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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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Orange is the New Red: Protein Shifts More Than Just Color for Cyanobacterial Photoprotection

Friday, June 26th 2015

Cheryl Kerfeld of the Physical Biosciences Division led the discovery that a photoprotective mechanism in cyanobacteria is triggered by an unprecedented, large-scale movement from one location to another of the carotenoid pigment within the Orange Carotenoid Protein. This unanticipated molecular priming event could help scientists find new ways to protect artificial photosynthetic systems from overexposure to sunlight. Co-authors on the study, which was published in Science on June 26th, include several PBD researchers, including Markus Sutter, Chris Petzold of the Joint … Read More >>

Innovative Microvi Bio-ethanol Technology Validated at Berkeley Lab

Wednesday, June 24th 2015

Microvi Biotechnologies, a leading innovator of biocatalytic processes, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. Microvi’s technology uses engineered biocatalyst composites which have been synthetically designed to 1) alleviate ethanol toxicity on the cells which produce it, 2) induce higher feedstock conversion yields and efficiencies, and 3) enable robust and repeatable continuous fermentation. The technology, now commercially available, is also designed … Read More >>

Doudna Shares Gruber Genetics Prize

Wednesday, June 24th 2015

Jennifer Doudna, faculty biochemist of the Physical Biosciences Division, will share the $500,000 prize with microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier for their landmark discovery of the RNA-guided CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. The prize honors individuals whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture. The award will be presented to Charpentier and Doudna in Baltimore, MD, on Oct. 9 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Read More >>

Scientists use molecular ‘lock and key’ for potential control of GMOs

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

UC Berkeley researchers, led by PBD Faculty Scientist J. Christopher Anderson, have developed an easy way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key in order to contain its accidental spread. The method involves a series of genetic mutations that render the microbe inactive unless the right molecule is added to enable its viability. The group’s findings, published last week in ACS Synthetic Biology, show promise as a practical method of bio-containment as advances in synthetic biology and genetic engineering … Read More >>

Junko Yano Promoted to Senior Scientist

Friday, June 19th 2015

PBD Division Director Adam Arkin announced that Junko Yano had been promoted to the level of Senior Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division. Yano has been at Berkeley Lab for 14 years, where she began as a postdoctoral scientist in the laboratory of Vittal Yachandra. Her research areas of interest include the process of water oxidation in both natural and artificial photosynthesis, the catalytic reactions in metalloenzymes, and the application of synchrotron X-ray radiation and X-ray free electron laser techniques to biological … Read More >>