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Berkeley Lab Researchers Win Four Early Career Awards

Berkeley Lab researchers have won four DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards, in the second year of the planned annual award program. The five-year, $2.5 million awards are intended to support young scientists in the formative stages of their careers. The winners were chosen from over a thousand applicants by outside scientific experts.

Berkeley Lab Technology Spawns Successful Start-up Companies

What do a smart window company, a microbial analysis start-up and waste-heat recovery start-up have in common? They’re all located in the San Francisco Bay Area and they’re all based on technology developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. What’s more, these three start-up companies have either had highly successful launches or closed major deals in the last several months. One of the companies announced a new manufacturing facility that will create hundreds of jobs around the country and bring energy-savings technologies to a wider market.

CRISPR Critters: Scientists identify key enzyme in microbial immune system

Using protein crystallography beamlines at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, a team of researchers has resolved the atomic-scale crystal structure of an enzyme called “Csy4” that plays a key role in a microbial immune system. The research provides important new clues to the fundamental role of RNA in the evolution of life.

Driving for Biofuels: New Technique Speeds Search for Biofuel Microbes

A new research technique from the Joint BioEnergy Institute provides vital information on microbial metabolism in a fraction of the time required for conventional scientific methods. The technique was successfully tested on an extremophile that shows great promise for producing biofuels from cellulosic biomass.