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X-ray Experiments Zero in on COVID-19 Antibodies

An international scientific team has discovered a neutralizing antibody, derived from the blood of a SARS survivor, that inhibits the closely related COVID-19-causing coronavirus. In a paper published this week in Nature, the scientists note that the antibody is already on an accelerated development path toward clinical trials.

Berkeley Lab Researchers and Collaborators Elected into National Academy of Sciences

Berkeley Lab scientists James Hurley and F. Dean Toste have been elected into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Two researchers with close ties to Berkeley Lab were also elected into the 2020 NAS class.

Scientists Explore Links Between Genetics, Gut Microbiome, and Memory

Scientists from Pacific Northwest and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories showed that both dietary and supplementary sources of a common gut microbe or its main chemical product, lactic acid, led to better memory performance in mice.

Machine Learning Tool Could Provide Unexpected Scientific Insights into COVID-19

A team of materials scientists at Berkeley Lab – scientists who normally spend their time researching things like high-performance materials for thermoelectrics or battery cathodes – have built a text-mining tool in record time to help the global scientific community synthesize the mountain of scientific literature on COVID-19 being generated every day.

Staff at Berkeley Lab’s X-Ray Facility Mobilize to Support COVID-19-Related Research

Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source X-ray facility has been recalled to action to support research related to COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has already infected about 2 million people around the world.

Mina Bissell Awarded International Prize for Her Contributions to Cancer Research

Distinguished senior scientist Mina Bissell is one of five recipients of the 2020 Canada Gairdner International Award – an annual honor given to scientists who have contributed to transformative human health research.

X-ray imaging Reveals Insights into a Natural Mosquito-Killing Compound

Many of the chemicals used to deter or eliminate disease-carrying mosquitoes can pollute ecosystems and drive the evolution of even more problematic, insecticide-resistant species – but thankfully, we may have better options soon.

Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology Clears Major Development Hurdle

A new material design has put the long-sought idea of artificial photosynthesis within reach.

Berkeley Lab Helps Reveal How Dinosaur Blood Vessels Can Preserve Through the Ages

A team of scientists used infrared and X-ray imaging performed at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source to determine the chemical mechanisms that allow soft tissue structures to persist in dinosaur bones – countering the long-standing scientific dogma that protein-based body parts can’t survive more than 1 million years.

InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit Aims to Push Scientific Frontiers and Boost Bioeconomy

In one week, Berkeley Lab is hosting the InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit: An exclusive event aimed at bridging the gap between research and commercialization and paving the way toward a stronger bioeconomy.