Rather than trying to quiet the body’s defenses against viruses, physical bioscientist David Schaffer has favored a kind of “intelligent design” approach to modify the virus. Known as directed evolution, the strategy uses genetic engineering to find variations in the virus that will allow it to effectively deliver drugs to target cells. More>
On April 18 JBEI volunteers participated at Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, JBEI promoted bioenergy topics as well as internships and employment opportunities.
Our lands provide food and resources in addition to acting as a carbon sink, making them one of the most important pieces of the climate change puzzle. The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative is hosting a roundtable on this topic on Friday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Go here for more information and to register.
The campus’s annual open house features 300 lectures (several by Berkeley Lab researchers), demonstrations, tours, performances, and sports activities. More>
A group of 18 scientists — including Berkeley Lab’s Jennifer Doudna — and ethicists warned that a revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA should be used cautiously when attempting to fix human genetic disease, and strongly discouraged any attempts at making changes to the human genome that could be passed on to offspring. More>
John Dueber (right) of the Physical Biosciences Division has studied the chemical steps plants use to naturally make indigo, and he thinks he has found an environmentally green way for the industry to churn out the dye without the use of the toxic compound. More>
A new UC Berkeley study shows that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration in the western United States, power generators could actually store more carbon than they emit and make a critical contribution to an overall zero-carbon future by the second half of the 21st century. More>
10 years ago, Susan Amrose remembers passing a class that Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil was teaching on Design for Sustainable Communities. She sat in on the first class, and wound up staying the semester. Today she teaches the course and has teamed with Gadgil and Robert Kostecki to create an electrochemical arsenic remediation prototype. More>
More than 40 half-day and full-day camps for children aged four to grade 12 offer a flexible schedule to make the perfect experience for campers. Camps run June 15 through August 21. More>
On Feb. 25, Peter Highnam, director of IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), will discuss the agency’s priorities, participating in IARPA-funded research, and ways to engage with its experts. IARPA executes high-risk, high-payoff research for the U.S. Intelligence Community. The event takes place at 1 p.m. in 306 Soda Hall.