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Plant Fast Food: Berkeley Researchers Turbocharge Photosynthesis

Plant scientists — including Krishna Niyogi of the Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division — have successfully supercharged the photosynthesis cycle, allowing genetically altered tobacco plants to grow as much as 20 percent larger simply by using more sunlight. More>

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Mother and Son Both Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Like mother, like son. In May 2016, Krishna “Kris” Niyogi, who grew up in Oak Ridge, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Eighteen years earlier, in 1998, his mother Audrey, who worked at Oak Ridge Lab for 44 years, was elected to the academy. Kris is a researcher with the Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division. More>

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Ahmet Yildiz Awarded Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation is honoring Ahmet Yildiz of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division for his “demonstrated evidence of creative promise with his scientific work.” Yildiz uses single-molecule imaging to uncover the mechanism of molecular motors that function in living cells. He will receive a $50,000 cash award. More>

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First Visual Evidence of Physical Mechanism Controlling Gene Expression

New images are providing the first visual evidence of a long-postulated physical link by which genes can receive mechanical cues from their microenvironment. Created through the integration of a “record-breaking” six different imaging techniques, the images show thread-like cytofilaments reaching into and traversing a human breast cell’s chromatin-packed nucleus. More>

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Gatekeeping Proteins to Aberrant RNA: You Shall Not Pass

In a new study, researchers shed light on a complex system of cell regulation that acts as a form of quality control for the transport of genetic information out of the nucleus. Getting a more complete picture of how genetic information gets expressed in cells is important in disease research, they say. More>

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X-Rays Reveal New Path in Battle Against Mosquito-Borne Illness

MBIB researchers were part of a team using SLAC’s X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) to get atomic views of the mosquito larvicide toxin BinAB. The structure of this protein was solved using de novo phasing, an older technique reimagined for XFEL data. Clues to the mechanism of action allow scientists to manipulate it to combat Zika and dengue virus-transmitting species of mosquitos. More>

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Lab Hosts Workshop Focused on Electron Microscopy

The “Future of Electron Microscopy” gathering, held Oct. 11, showcased the breadth and depth of electron microscopy at the Lab, recent advances in imaging a range of materials and biological samples, and chronicled the Lab’s pioneering history in pushing the state-of the art in atomic resolution electron microscopy. More>

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Eva Nogales Named ASCB 2016 Porter Lecturer

Eva Nogales, a faculty structural biologist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division, has been named 2016 Porter Lecturer by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The lecture is named for Keith Porter, a pioneer in the use of electron microscopy in biology and one of the founders of ASCB. More>

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Nobel Prize Winner, World-Class Biophysicist to Join Lab, UC Berkeley

Chemistry Nobelist Eric Betzig (pictured) and world-class biophysicist Na Ji will join Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in the summer of 2017. They will serve as faculty scientists in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division of the Biosciences Area. More>

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Scientists Find New Way to Manipulate Size of Virus-Like Particles

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley led by Danielle Tullman Ercek (Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging) discovered a single amino acid mutation with the power to change the shape and size of a virus-like particle. This finding has implications for virus and protein assembly research, as well as nanomaterial development and cell delivery. More>

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