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Lab Makes Three Permanent Hires Through Project SEARCH

The NERSC, Engineering, and Physical Biosciences divisions have permanently hired employees through Project SEARCH, which provides job training to individuals with developmental disabilities. Lab managers interested in participating can contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Entry-level positions beyond administrative roles can be explored. More>

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Startups Develop the Next Big Thing at Campus Lab

Inside Stanley Hall, which hosts UC Berkeley’s Department of Bioengineering and QB3 (which includes Berkeley Lab researchers), a number of labs are in full swing over the summer, serving research facilities for students and faculty and incubators for innovative startups that may spearhead emerging industries. More>

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Microbial-Based Antimalaria Drug Shipped to Africa

Project begun some 13 years ago by ALD for Biosciences Jay Keasling was culminated by an announcement on Tuesday that pharmaceutical company Sanofi and nonprofit health organization PATH have shipped 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetid artemisinin. More>

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ALS Research on Ebola Featured in BBC News Story

Advanced Light Source user Erica Ollman Saphire (Scripps Institute) used the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology beamlines to study and solve structures of Ebola virus glycoprotein bound to antibodies. This work was recently featured on BBC News.

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How Sweet It is: New Tool for Sugar Transport Developed

JBEI researchers have developed a powerful new assay that enables scientists to identify and characterize the function of nucleotide sugar transporters, critical components in the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. More>

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Lab Wins Three 2014 R&D 100 Awards

Winners include a fast way to analyze the chemical composition of cells, genetic tools to improve crops, and a bioinformatics platform for screening 3-D cell culture models. The technologies could lead to advances in biofuels, food crops, drug screening, and biomaterials, and to a better understanding of microbial communities. More>

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Postcards from the Photosynthetic Edge

Using the world’s most powerful x-ray laser, a collaboration led by Lab researchers took femtosecond “snapshots” of water oxidation in photosystem II. The results should help advance the development of artificial photosynthesis for clean, green and renewable energy. More>

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Adam Arkin Featured on ‘Through the Wormhole’ Program

The director of the Physical Biosciences Division appears on the popular Science Channel program tonight at 10 p.m. The show, “Will We Become God?” looks at the scientific breakthroughs that are seemingly granting humans “divine” abilities. More>

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What Was Believed to be Noise in Living Cell is Important Signaling Factor

A breakthrough discovery into how living cells process and respond to chemical information could help advance the development of treatments for a large number of cancers and other cellular disorders that have been resistant to therapy. More>

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Mobile Microscopes: Snapping The Future Of Health Care

Physical bioscientist Daniel Fletcher’s pioneering research is discussed in a Forbes story about the smartphones’ new healthcare applications, such as the CellScope, a microscope he developed that can be used in the field. More>

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