Today at Berkeley Lab

JBEI’s Keasling Featured in MIT Technology Review

Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, was recently profiled in an MIT Technology Review article titled “The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot.” In the piece, Keasling discusses the progress made in the quest for affordable advanced biofuels, and underscores the need for continued research. More>

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Tau-Tally Microtubular! New Model Sheds Light on Neurological Diseases

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers have combined cryo-electron microscopy with computational modeling to produce a near-atomic-resolution model of the interaction between microtubules and associated proteins called tau. The model provides insight into how tau stabilizes microtubules, and what makes it dissociate to form tau aggregates in some neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s. More>

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Long-Sought Structure of Telomerase Paves Way for Drugs for Aging, Cancer

While neither telomerase-based anti-aging drugs nor anticancer drugs have yet appeared, a recent development — the first detailed picture of the molecular structure of human telomerase — should jump-start that effort, allowing more targeted drug screens and intelligent design of new drugs. The Lab’s Eva Nogales is a senior author on this research study. More>

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Lab-Affiliated Scientists Elected as National Academy of Sciences Members

Kristie Boering, Judith Campisi, Ehud “Udi” Isacoff, and Michael Manga are among the group of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Boering, Isacoff, and Manga are also professors at UC Berkeley. More>

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East Bay Students Learn About Biosciences Careers on STEM Career Awareness Day

On April 26, 300 students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Richmond high schools gathered at the Aquatic Park Center in West Berkeley to participate in activities for the seventh annual East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day. Students attended a networking lunch and got an inside look into how Lab researchers from the Biosciences Area are working to solve the world’s greatest challenges. More>

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Berkeley Lab Hosts Neurodata Without Borders Hackathon

Thirty-one neuroscience experts from across the country visited the Lab April 26-27 to participate in the fifth Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology (NWB:N) project hackathon. The event was locally organized by Berkeley Lab scientists Oliver Ruebel, Andrew Tritt, and Kristofer Bouchard. More>

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Mary Maxon Addresses Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin

Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon joined an international group of policy leaders, nongovernmental organizations, and industry representatives in Berlin last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with shifting from current industry practices to a sustainable bio-based economy. More>

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A Core-Shell Nanotube Array for Artificial Photosynthesis

Lab scientists have developed a fabrication method to make a square-inch sized artificial photosystem, in the form of an inorganic core-shell nanotube array, that implements a key design principle of natural photosynthesis. The array provides a basis for developing solar fuel systems for deployment on nonarable land. More>

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Lab Contributes to Study on State Fossil Fuel Emissions

Lab researchers Marc Fischer, Seongeun Jeong, and Xinguang Cui contributed to a study led by Imperial College London that reported a new technique to estimate CO2 emissions from fossil fuels using atmospheric measurements, tested over three months in California. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area. More>

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Maxon Co-Authors Op-Ed on Boosting Role of Science in State Policymaking

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon and Bruce Alberts of UCSF wrote an editorial for Science that promotes the use of science when developing policy at the state level, and suggests how California’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program could serve as a model for other states in the country. More>

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