Today at Berkeley Lab

Microbes to Biomes (M2B) Town Hall on Feb. 20

The event — which will explore the M2B initiative and FY16 LDRD opportunities — runs from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Eoin Brodie, Peter Nico, Javier Ceja Navarro, Tanja Woyke, Matt Blow, Susan Celniker, and Ben Brown will provide short presentations and participate in a panel-based discussion. Go here for more on M2B.

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Life Sciences Division’s Eva Nogales Wins Protein Society Award

The Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award recognizes exceptional contributions in protein science that profoundly influence our understanding of biology. Nogales has played a central role in the development and implementation of electron crystallography and single particle electron microscopy reconstruction. More>

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Testing for Mortality: Should You Have Your Telomeres Measured?

A Menlo Park company can measure the length of a protective cap, called a telomere, at the end of each strand of DNA. The biggest flaw with telomere testing is that the general trends we’ve learned from large research studies — “long is good, short is bad” — can’t be accurately applied to a single person, says Berkely Lab’s Judith Campisi. More>

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Mina Bissell Gives ‘Women We Admire’ Lecture at UCOP

The talk takes place Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon in Lobby One of the UC Office of the President, located at 1111 Franklin St., Oakland. Phone access is also available. The event is sponsored by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. More>

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Mice Travel to Space for Study on Organ Development

The rodents will join the crew of the International Space Station to help scientists learn how space travel affects the immune system, organ development, and reproduction across generations. The mice are part of a NASA-funded Lab study that includes Janice Pluth, Antoine Snijders, Deepa Sridharan, and Jian-Hua Mao. More>

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Lab Scientists Learn New Insights Into Tumor-Suppressing Protein

Life scientist Krassimira Botcheva has discovered new details about how an important tumor-suppressing protein, called p53, binds to the human genome. She and collaborators concluded that in response to the same stress signal, p53 binds to the human genome in a way that is selective and dependent on cell context. The research has been published in PLOS ONE. More>

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New Way to Study How Cells Become Immortal; Could Aid Cancer Fight

Scientists have developed a new method that can easily create immortal human mammary epithelial cells. The cells could greatly facilitate the examination of cell immortalization as it actually occurs during cancer progression. The cells may also help open up a new front in the fight against cancer. More>

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ALS Progression Linked to Increased Protein Instability

A new study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, Berkeley Lab, and other institutions suggests a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The study provides evidence that those proteins linked to more severe forms of the disease are less stable structurally and more prone to form clusters or aggregates. More>

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Life Scientist Sylvain Costes Receives Berkeley Visionary Award

The award honors local innovators who develop technologies with global impact and bring new ventures to the City of Berkeley. Costes (pictured with Berkeley Chamber of Commerce CEO Polly Armstrong) co-founded Lab startup Exogen Biotechnology, which offers convenient testing to monitor DNA damage and assess DNA repair. More>

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Animal Care Facility’s Tony Smith Wins Purina ProLab Award

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science presented Smith with the award at its recent Northern California branch meeting. Smith was recognized for his “outstanding awareness of Animal Welfare, overall performance excellence, continuing pursuit of knowledge in the field of lab animal care, and his innovative approach to husbandry-related issues.”

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