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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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DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure

The Lab’s Joint BioEnergy Institute is one of three BRC centers, with the others located at Oakridge National Lab, and the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State. JBEI CEO Jay Keasling praised the pioneering efforts of the BRCs and their role in envisioning a future in which cellulosic biofuels provide transformative advantages for our nation. More>

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New Way to Reduce Plant Lignin Could Lead to Cheaper Biofuels

Scientists have shown that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. This could help lower the cost of converting biomass into carbon-neutral fuels for vehicles and other sustainably developed bio-products. Dominique Loque conducted the research with Aymerick Eudes and several other JBEI and Biological Systems and Engineering Division scientists. More>

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Invention Leads to More Efficient Biofuel Production for Industrial Application

JBEI researchers have developed two biosynthesis pathways for five-carbon alcohol from mevalonate. These modified pathways would be a good platform for industrial production of isopentenol which is a potential gasoline alternative and a precursor of commodity chemicals such as isoprene. The findings were reported in a recent paper in Metabolic Engineering. More>

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JBEI’s Sarah Richardson Records Science Podcast for Kids

She joined Team Escamilla at Tumble to record a science podcast for kids ages 8 – 12, created to be enjoyed by the entire family. In the episode “The Tale of the Bacteria Farmer,” Richardson explains how she’s trying to convince bacteria to make the things we need, such as biofuels. More>

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