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Chloro-phylling in the Answers to Big Questions

Photosynthesis – the enzyme-based process of converting carbon dioxide into food, using water and sunlight – is literally the foundation of life on Earth, and understanding the reaction at an atomic level could lead to vast production of renewable fuels made from greenhouse gases sucked out of the air. A Berkeley Lab team has been uncovering precise, step-by-step details of photosynthesis for years. We spoke to two members, co-lead author and senior scientist Vittal Yachandra and co-first author and postdoctoral researcher Philipp Simon, about their latest study, shooting stuff with lasers, and why they chose this field.

A New Way to Make Chemicals Not Found in Nature

Adapted from a UC Berkeley news release. Synthetic biologists have successfully engineered microbes to make chemicals cheaply and more sustainably. However, researchers have been limited by the fact that microbes can only make molecules using chemical reactions seen in nature. A collaboration between scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley has engineered the microbe E.

New Technique Gets the Drop On Enzyme Reactions

Researchers develop an efficient method for studying fast biochemical reactions as they happen in real time

Cell ‘Fingerprinting’ Could Yield Long-Awaited Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic

A new process combining infrared light analysis and machine learning shows potential to break barriers in disease detection.

Jay Keasling Receives Distinguished Scientist Fellow Award

The renowned synthetic biologist will be given $1 million in funding to support bioenergy and bioproduct innovation.

Enzyme Action Movie Shows How Nature Makes Penicillins

This video shows steps of the enzymatic reaction that makes a double-ringed molecule, which is the structural starting point to produce molecules in a large class of antibiotics. (Credit: Patrick Rabe/Oxford University)   Scientists who specialize in studying the atom-by-atom choreography of enzymes have revealed new insights into the function of isopenicillin N synthase, an

AI-Fueled Software Reveals Accurate Protein Structure Prediction

By Ashleigh Papp “The dream of predicting a protein shape just from its gene sequence is now a reality,” said Paul Adams, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at Berkeley Lab. For Adams and other structural biologists who study proteins, predicting their shape offers a key to understanding their function and accelerating treatments for diseases like

ABPDU Celebrates a Decade of Bio-Innovation

-By Emily Scott Ten years ago, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced the opening of a brand new, 15,000-square-foot facility full of stainless steel state-of-the-art bioprocessing equipment – what we now know as the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit, or ABPDU, was officially open for business. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy

Scientist at Berkeley Lab Played a Hand in “Inescapable” COVID-19 Antibody Discovery

An antibody therapy that appears to neutralize all known SARS-CoV-2 strains, and other coronaviruses, was developed with a little help from structural biologist Jay Nix

Deconstructing the Infectious Machinery of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Scientists from three national labs have published a comprehensive study that – alongside other recent, complementary studies of coronavirus proteins and genetics – represents the first step toward developing treatments for COVID-19.