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Unlocking the Key to Immunological Memory in Bacteria

Friday, February 27th 2015

Jennifer Doudna and James Nuñez, along with Amy Lee and Alan Engelman, have unlocked the key to how bacteria and archaea are able to “steal” genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological memory system. Their findings could provide an alternative way of introducing needed genetic information into a human cell or correcting a problem in an existing genome. Read More >>

Ginsberg Receives Sloan Fellowship

Thursday, February 26th 2015

Naomi Ginsberg, Faculty Scientist and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics at UC Berkeley, was among 126 fellows and one of nine young UC Berkeley faculty members to have been awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships on February 23rd. They go to outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders, according to the foundation. These coveted grants provide $50,000 to further the research of early-career academic scientists and scholars. Read More >>

LDRD Update: Six PBD Researchers Awarded FY15 Funding and FY16 Announcement

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

The projects of six Physical Biosciences Scientists and Engineers received funding through the FY2015 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. These projects cover a broad range of topics, including energy, biomanufacturing, and technology and tool development. Together, these efforts account for nearly 15% of the $24.9 million allocated. Eighty-two proposals were selected from a field of 169. There was an equal distribution of new and continuing projects among the selected PBD proposals. Caroline Ajo-Franklin (left) and Michelle … Read More >>

Maximizing information from sparse XFEL diffraction patterns

Monday, February 23rd 2015

Amyloid peptides involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease are often difficult to crystallize, and when they do, they can form tiny, needle like crystals that do not diffract well at synchrotrons.  Therefore, researchers from the Physical Biosciences Division of Berkeley Lab and UCLA collected peptide data at an X-ray free electron (XFEL) source at the Stanford Linear Accelerator.  However, the diffraction patterns, collected one per crystal, have very few reflections and can’t be processed with … Read More >>

Dueber Helps Make Blue Jeans Greener

Friday, February 13th 2015

John Dueber (right), Biological Faculty Scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, has studied the chemical steps plants use to naturally make indigo to find an environmentally friendly alternative to current indigo production. One of the oldest textile dyes, indigo was extracted from tropical plants in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas for thousands of years, until it was produced by commercial synthesis circa 1900. However, modern production of this dye has its roots in petroleum, … Read More >>