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Faster, Cheaper, Better: A New Way to Synthesize DNA

In what could address a critical bottleneck in biology research, Sebastian Palluk and Daniel Arlow, grad students working with Jay Keasling at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, have pioneered a new way to synthesize DNA sequences through a creative use of enzymes that promises to be faster, cheaper, and more accurate. Their paper was published in Nature Biotechnology. More>

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JBEI’s Keasling Featured in MIT Technology Review

Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, was recently profiled in an MIT Technology Review article titled “The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot.” In the piece, Keasling discusses the progress made in the quest for affordable advanced biofuels, and underscores the need for continued research. More>

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Sewage Sludge Leads to Biofuels Breakthrough

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Berkeley Lab have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to a petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tons per year. More>

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Brewing Hoppy Beer Without the Hops

A team led by JBEI’s Jay Keasling has engineered brewer’s yeast to alter the flavor of beer. The benefits of this technology are twofold: bioengineering can lead to flavor palette expansion while increasing the sustainability of the brewing process. This project foreshadows JBEI’s expanded emphasis on finding novel methods for bioproduct development from biomass. More>

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JGI, JBEI See First Outcome From Large-Scale Aspergillus Fungi Project

A study led by researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, the Joint Genome Institute, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute — and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — reports the first results of a long-term plan to sequence, annotate, and analyze the genomes of 300 Aspergillus fungi, which promise to be important sources of enzymes for the production of sustainable biofuels. More>

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Students Sought for JBEI’s iCLEM STEM Internships for Summer 2018

JBEI’s iCLEM program offers paid summer science experience to current sophomores and juniors in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco country schools. Selected students will complete a real-world biofuels research project in a state-of-the-art lab, prepare for the college admissions process, and explore STEM careers. Application deadline is March 2. More>

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Agile BioFoundry Announces New Projects

The Agile BioFoundry — a consortium of nine DOE national labs, including Berkeley Lab — has received funding for seven new projects. These projects will allow industry and academic partners to utilize the Agile BioFoundry to develop novel microbial hosts and bio-products or to develop new capabilities and approaches that will advance all aspects of the bio-manufacturing cycle. More>

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iCLEM Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM), the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s flagship outreach program, provides hands-on experience for high potential, low-income high school students. Students and teachers shared their experiences via blogs and social media during the tenth session of iCLEM. More>

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JBEI’s Mortimer Participates in World Economic Forum Meeting

Jenny Mortimer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Biosciences Area recently participated in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, alongside global business and political leaders. This year’s theme was the inclusive growth in the fourth industrial revolution. Mortimer participated at a press conference entitled “Young, Talented and Fighting for Science.” More>

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DOE Renews Funding for Joint BioEnergy Institute at Berkeley Lab

The Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by Berkeley Lab, is one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers to receive funding in support of innovative research on biofuels and bioproducts. The awards total $40 million for the four centers, marking the next research phase at JBEI. More>

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