Today at Berkeley Lab

A Better Way to Screen Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effect

Paul Yaswen is developing a cell culture that better identifies chemicals that increase breast cancer susceptibility. His team will grow the culture using adult stem cells obtained from breast tissue. Unlike today’s cell cultures, their test will show if a chemical causes a breakdown in cell-to-cell communication…a fundamental defect of cancer. More>

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Making the Portable Gamma Camera

The end of the Cold War and the cancellation of the Superconducting Super Collider led to the creation of this life-saving medical device. Berkeley Lab’s Steve Holland and William Moses were an integral part of that development. More>

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Lab Scientist Named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently named Ke Xu of the Life Sciences Division one of 22 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, an honor that is given to promising early-career researchers. Xu’s research uses sophisticated microscopy and single-molecule techniques to probe how a cell’s cytoskeleton organizes its interior and determines its shape. More>

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Poor Sleep Linked to Toxic Buildup of Alzheimer’s Protein, Memory Loss

Berkeley scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s long-term memory. The study was co-led by Berkeley Lab’s William Jagust, a leading expert on Alzheimer’s disease. More>

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Mark LaBarge Wins Era of Hope Scholar Award

The Era of Hope Scholar award of the U.S. DOD Breast Cancer Research Program supports early-career scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary creativity, vision, and leadership potential within the field of breast cancer research. One of three recipients of the award this year, Mark LaBarge will receive $2.5 million for his research over the next five years. More>

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Lab Researchers Among Five Faculty Named Bakar Fellows

Among the latest to join the ranks of the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports UC Berkeley faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues, are Ke Xu (pictured) of the Life Sciences Division, who works on super-resolution microscopy, and Holger Müller, a guest scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division, whose miniaturized interferometric inertial sensor can determine its own location without any external cues. More>

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Using Microbial Communities to Assess Environmental Contamination

A multi-institutional study sponsored by ENIGMA, a DOE “Scientific Focus Area Program” based at Berkeley Lab, has found that statistical analysis of DNA from natural microbial communities can be used to accurately identify environmental contaminants and serve as quantitative geochemical biosensors. More>

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Life Sciences Co-Hosts STEM Career Awareness Day

Several Life Sciences Division laboratories opened their doors to high school students at the 2015 STEM Career Awareness Day on April 28. Three hundred East Bay students took part in this yearly event at which they were introduced to careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. More>

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Seeing Through Alzheimer’s Disease

In battling Alzheimer’s, researchers — including Berkeley Lab’s William Jagust — have been limited to a single snapshot of the brain provided by an autopsy. The course and chronology of the damage are still up for grabs. But the ability to peer into the brains of people struggling with Alzheimer’s as well as seniors free of its grip is increasing. More>

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Keasling Announces Biosciences’ Reorganization

Citing the changing nature of the Department of Energy’s biology mission, concerns about non-DOE funding, and the benefits of a refreshed divisional structure, Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, has announced an extensive reorganization of the Biosciences Area, effective October 1. More>

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