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Study Finds ‘Missing Link’ in the Evolutionary History of Carbon-Fixing Protein Rubisco

October 7th, 2020

The discovery of a primitive form of a photosynthetic enzyme will help scientists understand how carbon-fixing organisms oxygenated the atmosphere and how modern plants evolved

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Jennifer Doudna Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 7th, 2020

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, a professor at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab, is co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her co-discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a groundbreaking genetic engineering technology.

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It’s All Connected: Your Genes, Your Environment, and Your Health

October 5th, 2020

Berkeley Lab statistician Paul Williams seeks to explain how genetics and external factors interact to shape alcohol consumption, lung function, and weight gain – aspects of health that are on many of our minds during the the coronavirus pandemic and wildfires.

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Berkeley Lab Technologies Honored With 7 R&D 100 Awards

October 2nd, 2020

Innovations include a better lithium battery, secure quantum communications, and a tool for buildings to save energy.

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Scientists Capture Candid Snapshots of Electrons Harvesting Light at the Atomic Scale

September 30th, 2020

A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab has gained important new insight into electrons’ role in the harvesting of light in artificial photosynthesis systems. The scientists say that their findings can help researchers develop more efficient material combinations for the design of high-performance solar fuels devices.

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Shhh! These Tests Will Enable a Quieter Search for Dark Matter

September 28th, 2020

The subatomic world just got a lot quieter for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment. The LZ collaboration has completed 1,200 tests that describe the levels of radioactive decay of the LZ detector components and help to ensure a low level of background “noise” from unwanted particle signals.

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Machine Learning Takes on Synthetic Biology: Algorithms Can Bioengineer Cells for You

September 25th, 2020

If you’ve eaten vegan burgers that taste like meat or used synthetic collagen in your beauty routine – both products that are “grown” in the lab – then you’ve benefited from synthetic biology. It’s a field rife with potential, as it allows scientists to design biological systems to specification, such as engineering a microbe to produce a cancer-fighting agent. Yet conventional methods of bioengineering are slow and laborious, with trial and error being the main approach.