Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Sept. 23 Talk on Biological Soil Crusts by USGS’s Belnap

Jayne Belnap of the U.S. Geological Survey will present a Life Sciences Division Seminar titled “Biological Soil Crusts: Their Current and Future Roles in Dryland Water and Biogeochemical Cycles” on today at 4 p.m. in Building 66 Auditorium. She will also discuss as how global change, both climate and land use, will affect these roles in the future. More>

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Neural Compensation in People With Alzheimer’s-Related Protein

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers, led by Berkeley Lab life scientist William Jagust. More>

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Life Scientist Eleanor Blakely Featured in CERN Courier

Shake hands with Eleanor Blakely and you are only one handshake away from John Lawrence, a pioneer of nuclear medicine and brother of Ernest Lawrence. She came to know John personally and was to become established as a leading expert in the use of ion beams for cancer therapy. More>

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Encyclopedia of How Genomes Function Gets Much Bigger

A big step in understanding the mysteries of the human genome was unveiled in the form of three analyses that provide the most detailed comparison yet of how the genomes of the fruit fly, roundworm, and humans function. The results add billions of entries to a publicly available archive of functional genomic data. Scientists can use this resource to discover common features that apply to all organisms. More>

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Excessive Running, Walking May Negate Health Gains for Heart Attack Survivors

Heart attack survivors who exceed 30 miles of running per week may lose the health benefits accrued by running less, according to Berkeley Lab life scientist Paul Williams. More>

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“Imaging Life” Crosses Biological Boundaries, Introduces Integrated Bioimaging

Scientists studying the human tissues and entire living model organisms have an array of tools at their disposal to view the inner workings of our biological systems. Now Berkeley Lab’s Manfred Auer has helped put together a book that he believes is the first to include all the biological imaging techniques up to the tissue level in one place. More>

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Recently Identified Molecule Could Lead to New Way to Repair Tendons

What if doctors could coax an injured tendon to regenerate itself back to its original strength? A solution along these lines may come from an unlikely source…a molecule found in chicken embryos. More>

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