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    Looking to the Future Earns a Place in History
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    Sweet Smell of Success: JBEI Researchers Boost Methyl Ketone Production in E. coli
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    Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes
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    Berkeley Center for Structural Biology to Receive $5M from HHMI to Build a New Microfocus Crystallography Beamline
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    JBEI Researchers Harness Power of Microbes for Work and Winemaking
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    Lab Partners with Campus and UCSF in BRAINseed
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    Berkeley Lab Makes Three Permanent Hires Through Project SEARCH
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    Photon Speedway Puts Big Data In the Fast Lane

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Berkeley Innovators Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Thursday, December 18th 2014

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna and chemical engineer Jay Keasling were among 170 new fellows recognized for outstanding contributions to innovation in patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. Doudna, PBD faculty biochemist and professor of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, co-invented a precision DNA editing technique that has revolutionized genetic research and gene therapy. Called CRISPR/Cas9, it is already the basis of several startups, including Caribou Biosciences Inc., co-founded by … Read More >>

CellScope, Inc., Co-Founder Shares Her Experiences in Developing New Home Product

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

A recent New York Times series on Women in Tech features Amy Sheng, co-founder of CellScope, Inc., a company that was spun out of the laboratory of PBD Deputy for Science, Daniel Fletcher. In January, CellScope, Inc., is releasing the Oto HOMETM in California, a cell phone attachment that includes an otoscope to allow parents to take a video of a child’s middle ear that can be sent to the doctor for diagnosis of infection. In this video and blog … Read More >>

Microbes-to-Biomes (M2B) Initiative Launches

Monday, December 15th 2014

The Labwide initiative, Microbes-to-Biomes (M2B), has kicked off with five projects funded through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, and a new website to chronicle news and advancements in M2B’s research mission. The M2B initiative is designed to explore and reveal the interactions of microbes with one another and with their environment – interactions that are vital to the Earth’s future. To jumpstart the discovery process, M2B is targeting two key systems: the soil-plant … Read More >>

Looking to the Future Earns a Place in History

Friday, December 5th 2014

When presenting a new idea, formulating an experiment, or communicating research, all researchers build on the body of previously published literature. By citing earlier articles, authors lay the groundwork for their hypotheses, justify their results, and relay their methods using a common language. Therefore, the number of times articles are referenced by later publications indicates the relevance or importance for subsequent work. Nature recently released a list of the 100 most-cited articles published between 1900 and 2014 as … Read More >>

Sweet Smell of Success: JBEI Researchers Boost Methyl Ketone Production in E. coli

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014

Two years ago, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, a class of chemical compounds primarily used for fragrances and flavors, but highly promising as clean, green, and renewable blending agents for diesel fuel. Now, after further genetic modifications, they have managed to dramatically boost the E.coli’s methyl ketone production 160-fold. The study was led by microbiologist Harry Beller, head of the … Read More >>