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    First Bioprocess Pilot-Scale Production of Malonic Acid from Renewable Resources
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First Bioprocess Pilot-Scale Production of Malonic Acid from Renewable Resources

Monday, March 2nd 2015

Lygos and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit have collaborated to scale up production of biomass-derived specialty chemical. Lygos, Inc., announced today that it has successfully achieved pilot scale production of malonic acid from sugar. Lygos’ novel manufacturing technology decreases CO2 emissions, eliminates toxic inputs and could replace the existing petroleum production process for malonic acid at lower cost and less energy. ABPDU and Lygos team members in the ABPDU facility. From left to … Read More >>

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 >>