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A Spooky Halloween at the Lab

Several groups got into the spirit of the holiday and dressed up for work, including the Advanced Light Source, the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and the Physical Biosciences Division. Go here to watch a scary Halloween dance performance at the ALS.

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Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants

By manipulating a plant’s metabolic pathways, JBEI’s Henrik Scheller and Dominique Loqué, have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression, while at the same time boosting expression to very high levels. More>

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Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, a chemist with the Physical Biosciences Division, have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. More>

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JBEI Researchers Harness Power of Microbes for Work and Winemaking

For the past four years, Trent Northen (right) and Chris Petzold have put molecules to work in their home-based wine making project. Both scientists are very interested in microbial communities in their work, and they make the connection that microbial communities are also what they’re using to make wine. More>

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Jay Keasling to Give Keynote at Campus Synthetic Biology Conference

The gathering, sponsored by the University of Copenhagen, takes place Nov. 10-12 and focuses on “Optimal Production of High-Value Compounds.” In addition to Keasling, JBEI’s Dominique Loque will also speak at the event. More>

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MaxBin: Automated Sorting Through Metagenomes

Researchers at JBEI and JGI led by Steve Singer of the Earth Sciences Division have developed an automated software program for sorting the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. This development could aid the production of new chemical materials, such as advanced biofuels or pharmaceutical drugs. More>

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The Economist Recognizes Jay Keasling for Anti-Malarial Effort

The Lab’s ALD for Biosciences and JBEI CEO has won the 2014 Innovation Award in Bioscience. He was recognized for his development of a synthetic version of the antimalaria drug artemisinin. The award, which recognizes an outstanding person who has made a proven innovation over the past decade, will be presented next month in Hong Kong, where he’ll also speak at the Economist Events Innovation Summit. More>

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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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