Today at Berkeley Lab

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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NIH Funding Boosts Development of New Biophysical Technique

The National Institutes of Health have provided important support for the development of Fluctuation X-ray Scattering by awarding an R01 grant to Peter Zwart, a Biophysicist Research Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division. More>

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Jennifer Doudna Co-Winner of Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

Physical bioscientist Jennifer Doudna along with Emmanuelle Charpentier were recognized for their discovering a new method for precisely manipulating genetic information in ways that should produce new insights in health and disease, and may lead to the discovery of new targets for drug development. More>

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JCAP Researchers Stabilize Semiconductors for Artificial Photosynthesis

PBD’s Ian Sharp led the development and testing of a novel method to stabilize semiconductor materials under the harsh conditions required for water splitting in the process of artificial photosynthesis. More>

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Dynamic Spectroscopy Duo

2D electronic-vibrational spectroscopy technique provides unprecedented look into photochemical reactions. More>

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