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Bionic Liquids From Lignin

Bionic liquids — solvents made from lignin and hemicellulose, two by-products of biofuel production — show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of biofuels refineries. More>

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Microbial-Based Antimalaria Drug Shipped to Africa

Project begun some 13 years ago by ALD for Biosciences Jay Keasling was culminated by an announcement on Tuesday that pharmaceutical company Sanofi and nonprofit health organization PATH have shipped 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetid artemisinin. More>

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iCLEM Featured as a “Cool School” on KPIX-TV

“Cool School,” a program aired Thursday mornings on Bay Area CBS affiliate KPIX, reports on unique educational efforts. On Thursday, August 7, the show highlighted iCLEM, the summer program for disadvantaged students sponsored by the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), with funding from DOE and NSF. You can watch the clip here.

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How Sweet It is: New Tool for Sugar Transport Developed

JBEI researchers have developed a powerful new assay that enables scientists to identify and characterize the function of nucleotide sugar transporters, critical components in the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. More>

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JBEI Hosts National Student Leadership Conference

Select group of high school students chosen to participate in fast-paced, high-level, interactive summer session. JBEI hosted 76 of these kids on July 22. More>

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iCLEM: An Atypical Summer Job for Bay Area High School Students

Eight Bay Area high school students are participating in this summer’s iCLEM program, earning money and gaining “college knowledge” while conducting bioenergy research in the state-of-the-art scientific laboratories of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. More>

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Lab Wins Three 2014 R&D 100 Awards

Winners include a fast way to analyze the chemical composition of cells, genetic tools to improve crops, and a bioinformatics platform for screening 3-D cell culture models. The technologies could lead to advances in biofuels, food crops, drug screening, and biomaterials, and to a better understanding of microbial communities. More>

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JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels Research

Specifically targeted for the study of plant cell wall biosynthesis, collection is expected to better enable manipulation of plant cell walls for biofuel production. More>

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Jay Keasling Wins 2014 Eni Award’s Renewable Energy Prize

Honor recognizes his achievements in microbial production of hydrocarbon fuels. More>

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Joint BioEnergy Institute Names New Chief Science and Technology Officer

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) CEO Jay Keasling announced that Blake Simmons will be the new Chief Science and Technology Officer (CSTO). “We are thrilled that Blake has agreed to take on this new role,” said Keasling. Simmons, who joined JBEI in 2006 as Vice President of the Deconstruction Division, will continue as Senior Manager of the Biofuels & Biomaterials Science and Technology Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Simmons takes over from Harvey Blanch, who retired after serving as CSTO since 2007. “With my colleagues,” said Simmons, “I look forward to creating an atmosphere that enables innovation and will lead to exciting technology and business opportunities.” More>

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