Today at Berkeley Lab

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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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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