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Scientists Harness CO2 to Consolidate Biofuel Production Process

JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process. More>

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JBEI Researcher Participates at ‘Dinner with a Scientist’

Sarah LaFrance, a software developer in the Synthetic Biology Informatics Group, volunteered last week at “Dinner with a Scientist” organized by the Oakland Unified School District. LeFrance talked with fourth and fifth graders about her role at the Lab, as well as the work JBEI is doing to develop alternative energy sources.

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JBEI Develops Workflow to Improve Biofuels Productivity

In a Cell Systems paper entitled “Characterizing strain variation in engineered E. coli using a multi-omics based workflow” researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and UC San Diego developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. More>

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Brewing Jet Fuel in a One-Pot Recipe

Lab scientists have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels. More>

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Four Lab Scientists Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Biochemist Robert Glaeser, physicist Barbara Jacak, synthetic biologist Jay Keasling and molecular biologist Eva Nogales are among 213 new members elected to the academy, which recognizes accomplished scholars, scientists and artists. More>

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From Near-Dropout to Ph.D., Scientist is at Forefront of Biofuels Revolution

To see JBEI biochemist Ee-Been Goh in the lab, figuring out how to rewire bacteria to produce biofuels, one would never guess she was once so uninterested in school that she barely made it through junior high. Goh has been lead author on two publications on methyl ketones, one of the most promising biofuels at JBEI. More>

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JBEI Releases Video Series ‘Bioenergy Research @ JBEI’

In this video series JBEI scientists educate the public on JBEI’s scientific areas of expertise, achievements and technologies employed in converting lignocellulosic biomass to renewable, drop-in, liquid transportation fuels. More>

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Biosciences Researchers Participate in Lab-Corps Program Training

DOE’s EERE Lab-Corps program, which aims to accelerate the transfer of clean energy technologies from the national labs to the marketplace, has announced a second round of training for entrepreneurial teams at the national labs. The Biosciences Area has two teams of researchers participating in this round of training: team BioAlchemy and team Evodia. More>

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DOE Hosts #WomeninSTEM Twitter Chat Across National Labs

Representatives from three national labs, including Berkeley Lab’s Sarah Richardson, as well as DOE Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall (pictured), Jo Handelsman of the White House Office of Science & Technology, and Dot Harris of Economic Impact & Diversity, participated in the March 22 chat, in honor of Women’s History Month. More>

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Tutorial on JBEI’s Inventory of Composable Elements (ICE) Now Available

JBEI’s Inventory of Composable Elements (ICE) is a cloud-based freely open-source DNA parts and plasmids, microbial strains, and Arabidopsis seeds repository with physical sample tracking capabilities. The public can now learn how use this free repository via a tutorial by Nathan Hillson, JBEI’s Director of Synthetic Biology Informatics. More>

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