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

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.

New Partnership Seeds Microbiome Research

Microbiomes are integral to all life, from human health and food security to ecosystem processes and global nutrient cycling. Collaborative research – performed by scientists spanning the vast biological and bioinformatics fields – is key to developing a predictive understanding of microbiome function and could lead to advancements in areas such as biomanufacturing, food production,

Clues to COVID-19 Treatments Could Be Hiding in Existing Data – These Scientists Want to Find Them 

Researchers across the world have already amassed tons of info about COVID-19, and learn more every day. Now, Berkeley Lab experts are developing a platform that puts all this valuable knowledge in one place, and leverages machine learning to make new discoveries.

Scaling Up Science During a Global-Scale Emergency

Our biomanufacturing experts are helping accelerate the development of new COVID-19-fighting technologies. Learn how the scientists at the ABPDU are collaborating with biotech companies to scale up and optimize production of coronavirus-targeting antibodies and a highly accurate rapid testing system.

Study Gains New Insight Into Bacterial DNA Packing

When bacteria are put in different environments, such as one that is more acidic or anaerobic, their genes start to adapt remarkably quickly. They’re able to do so because the proteins making up their chromosome can pack and unpack rapidly. Now, a Berkeley Lab-led team of researchers has been able to capture this process at

New Synthetic Biology Tools Unlock Complex Plant Engineering

Researchers at JBEI have developed a new set of synthetic biology tools that could unlock advanced plant engineering.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Three scientists at Berkeley Lab have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program (ECRP). In addition, three faculty scientists with joint appointments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley will receive ECRP funding through their UC Berkeley affiliations.

This Enigmatic Protein Sculpts DNA to Repair Harmful Damage

Sometimes, when something is broken, the first step to fixing it is to break it even more. Scientists have discovered this is the case for a human DNA repair protein that functions by marking and then further breaking damaged DNA. Their surprising findings have provided much-needed insight into how DNA repair works in healthy cells, as well as how different mutations can translate into different diseases and cancer.

Showtime for Photosynthesis

Using a unique combination of nanoscale imaging and chemical analysis, an international team of researchers has revealed a key step in the molecular mechanism behind the water splitting reaction of photosynthesis, a finding that could help inform the design of renewable energy technology.

Investigation into Fungi Food Choices Yields a Buffet of Information

A study of how fungi sense and respond to available food helps explain nutrient recycling and opens the door to better methods for producing bio-based products.