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Doudna, Keasling, Mathies Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, chemical engineer Jay Keasling and chemist Richard Mathies were among 170 new fellows, recognized for outstanding contributions to innovation in patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. More>

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PBD’s Adams Co-Author of Paper Included in Nature’s ‘Most Cited’ List

Nature recently released a list of the 100 most-cited articles published since 1900, as recorded in the Science Citation Index. Physical Biosciences Division Deputy for Science Paul Adams was a lead co-author on one of the top 100 articles in 1998, when he was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University. More>

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Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Climate scientist Bill Collins (left) of the Earth Sciences Division and chemist Heinz Frei of the Physical Biosciences Division have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2014. Collins was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of climate science through fundamental research on interactions among sunlight, heat, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change.” Frei was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the understanding of photochemical reactions, and, in particular, for the advancement of robust catalysts for solar energy conversion.” More>

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Doudna Featured in Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers Issue

Physical Biosciences Division researcher Jennifer Doudna was included, along with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, in the innovators category of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. The team was recognized for their CRISPR/Cas genome-editing tool. More>

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Synthetic Biology for Space Exploration

Physical Biosciences Division Adam Arkin led a study that shows how synthetic biology may hold the key to long-term manned explorations of Mars and the Moon. He and postdoc Amor Menezes showed that biomanufacturing based on microbes could make travel to and settlement of extraterrestrial locations more practical and bearable. More>

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Perlmutter, Doudna are Recipients of 2015 Breakthrough Prizes

Saul Perlmutter of the Physics Division and Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division were among the featured recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences. Twelve prizes in all, totaling $36 million, were announced Sunday night at gala in Mountain View hosted by the entertainer Seth MacFarlane. More>

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A Spooky Halloween at the Lab

Several groups got into the spirit of the holiday and dressed up for work, including the Advanced Light Source, the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and the Physical Biosciences Division. Go here to watch a scary Halloween dance performance at the ALS.

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Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes

Lab researchers have helped show that short carbon nanotubes can make excellent artificial pores within cell membranes. Moreover, these nanotubes, which are far more rugged than their biological counterparts, can self-insert into a cell membrane or other lipid bilayers. More>

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Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, a chemist with the Physical Biosciences Division, have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. More>

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$5M From HHMI to Fund New Microfocus Crystallography Beamline

The Berkeley Center for Structural Biology has helped hundreds of crystallographers determine the structures of proteins. A $5 million pledge from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will enable the construction and support of a cutting-edge microfocus macromolecular crystallography beamline. More>

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