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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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    Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015

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Unlocking the Rice Immune System

Friday, July 24th 2015

Pam Ronald, a faculty scientist in the Physical Sciences Division who directs the Joint BioEnergy Institutes Grass Genetics program, led a study that identified a bacterial signaling molecule that triggers an immunity response in rice plants, enabling the plants to resist a devastating blight disease. In addition to being a staple food, rice is the model for grass-type biofuels. Ronald led a multi-national team of researchers in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the University of California … Read More >>

Ancient Proteins Help Unravel a Modern Cancer Drug’s Mechanism

Friday, July 10th 2015

The cancer drug Gleevec is extremely specific, binding and inhibiting only the cancer-causing tyrosine protein kinase Blc-Abl, while not targeting homologous protein kinases found in normal, healthy cells. Using the HHMI Beamline 8.2.2 in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology at the ALS, researchers from Brandeis University have uncovered exactly why that is the case, pointing to novel methods of drug discovery. Read More >>

Microfluidic Device Mixes And Matches DNA For Synthetic Biology

Friday, June 26th 2015

Chemical & Engineering News recently highlighted recent work published in ACS Synthetic Biology by postdoctoral researcher Steve Shih and Anup Singh, Senior Director of Analytical Technology and Acting Director of Microfluidics, both with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Sandia National Laboratories. JBEI uses a synthetic biology approach to developing advanced biofuels and bioproducts, meaning that scientists are looking for ways to engineer microbes that could produce fuels or biopharmaceuticals. This process requires incorporating novel DNA sequences into the cells to engineer new … Read More >>

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 … 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 >>