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Are Heavy Metals Toxic? Scientists Find Surprising New Clues in Yeast

June 7th, 2021

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have compiled the most complete library yet of lanthanide heavy metals and their potential toxicity – by exposing baker’s yeast to lanthanides. Their findings could help researchers uncover hidden pathways between lanthanide metals and disease.

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Carol J. Burns Named Deputy Director for Research for Berkeley Lab

June 1st, 2021

Carol J. Burns has been named Deputy Director for Research for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, effective August 1. She will develop, implement, and steward Berkeley Lab’s research enterprise and serve as the Lab’s chief research liaison with key stakeholders, primarily the DOE Office of Science, the University of California, and the other national labs. 

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Five Berkeley Lab Scientists Receive Prestigious Five-Year Research Grant

May 27th, 2021

Five scientists at Berkeley Lab have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive funding through the Early Career Research Program (ECRP).

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Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division

May 24th, 2021

Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille, a cosmologist and research director at the Institute for Research on the Fundamental Laws of the Universe at the CEA Paris-Saclay research center, has been selected to serve as the next division director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Physics Division.

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Therese M. Leone Named Berkeley Lab’s Chief Laboratory Counsel

May 21st, 2021

Therese M. Leone has been named Chief Laboratory Counsel (CLC) for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, effective July 1. She will be responsible for evaluating and assessing legal and other risks in context of mission objectives, mentoring and leading a team of dedicated legal

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We’ve Got the Dirt on Soil Protists

May 19th, 2021

Among the large cast of microbiome players, bacteria have long been hogging the spotlight. But the single-celled organisms known as protists are finally getting the starring role they deserve. A group of scientists who study the interactions between plants and microbes have released a new study detailing the dynamic relationships between soil-dwelling protists and developing plants, demonstrating that soil protists respond to plant signals much like bacteria do.

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How X-Rays Could Make Reliable, Rapid COVID-19 Tests a Reality

May 18th, 2021

Vaccines are turning the tide in the pandemic, but the risk of infection is still present. Instant at-home tests would help us return to normal, but current options aren’t very accurate. A new discovery could help get reliable tests on the market.