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C&E News Looks at JBEI’s Efforts to Automate Synthetic Biology

In this article by Chemical & Engineering News, Steve Shih, A post doc at JBEI’s Technology Division, speaks about the development of microfluidic devices to build packages of DNA in order to plug them into cells. More>

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Lab Twitter Chat Raises Awareness of Advanced Biofuels

Jenny Mortimer and Blake Simmons of JBEI and Todd Pray, of the ABPDU, fielded questions on the development of sustainable and affordable biofuels in a Twitter chat last week. Tweeters asked about many aspects of their research, such as type of feedstocks used, the cost of biofuels, and new biofuels technologies. Check out the conversation here.

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JBEI Debuts New Overview Video

After eight years of groundbreaking research, the Joint BioEnergy Institute has rewritten the formula for engineering renewable transportation fuels while setting the stage for the development of clean, sustainable substitutes for petroleum based products.

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June 11 JBEI/ABPDU Twitter Chat on the Making of Advanced Biofuels

JBEI and ABPDU researchers will answer questions via Twitter on the making of advanced biofuels, focusing on plant engineering, biomass breakdown, fermentation, and biofuel production and scale-up. Tune in to @BerkeleyLab at 10 a.m. (PT) on Thursday, June 11 and ask questions with the hashtag #LabChat. More>

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TED Talk by JBEI’s Pam Ronald

Pam Ronald, JBEI’s Director of Grass Genetics, gave a talk at TED2015 Truth and Dare Conference this past March. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. Go here to watch her presentation.

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JBEI, California Technology Council Host May 7 Technology Showcase

The event (1 to 5 p.m. in Emeryville) provides an inside look at promising research in academia, with talks by leading investors and start-up demos in renewables, green chemistry, and industrial biotech. Free tickets are available for the first 10 Berkeley Lab staff to register. Contact Matt Gardner for tickets. Go here for more information and to register.

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JBEI Promotes Bioenergy at Cal Day

On April 18 JBEI volunteers participated at Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, JBEI promoted bioenergy topics as well as internships and employment opportunities.

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Can Plant Genetics Help Solve World Hunger? Science Says Yes

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious. But JBEI’s Pamela Ronald doesn’t have time for controversy. She’s focused feeding the growing population without further destroying the environment. More>

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Keasling Honored by Chalmers For His Work on Anti-Malaria Drug

Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has appointed JBEI’s CEO Jay Keasling as honorable doctor for his significant contributions in metabolic engineering, in particular his work on developing a bio-based process for production of production of the anti-malarial drug artemisinic acid. More>

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JBEI’s Pam Ronald To Be a TED2015 Speaker

Pam Ronald, JBEI’s Director of Grass Genetics, will give a talk at TED2015 Truth or Dare, taking place in Vancouver March 16-19. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. More>

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