The Biosciences Area partnered once again with Biotech Partners to provide paid summer internships to high school students. This year six high school students worked side by side with Biosciences researchers across the Area’s laboratories. The mission of the non-profit Biotech Partners is to educate underserved youth in the Bay Area with personal, academic and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and access to fulfilling science careers.More »
A method for discovering gene function in microbes developed by Adam Arkin, Adam Deutschbauer, Vivek Mutalik, and Pavel Novichkov of the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology division has been shortlisted for R&D Magazine’s 2017 R&D 100 Award. The technology, called Dual Barcoded Shotgun Expression Library Sequencing (Dubseq), combines the shotgun expression library method and next generation sequencing method developed through the ENIGMA program. Now in its 55th year, the prestigious R&D 100 Awards program recognizes the most innovative inventions of the prior year. The winners will be announced and honored at a black-tie ceremony to be held this fall in conjunction with the annual R&D 100 Conference.
Liam Quigley, Biosciences undergraduate intern, produced a video about the experience of Berkeley Lab’s SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships) interns at the Biosciences Area. SULI is a program that encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Quigley spoke with mentors and interns to learn more about the benefits of undertaking this program at Berkeley Lab. Follow the Biosciences Storify to learn more about the Area’s educational and outreach efforts.
More than a century after the Industrial Revolution, advances in DNA sequencing technologies have caused similarly dramatic shifts in scientific research, and one aspect is studying the planet’s biodiversity. One critical term that needs standardization is “metadata,” defined simply as “data about other data.” In Nature Biotechnology, an international team led by DOE JGI researchers has developed standards for the minimum metadata to be supplied with single amplified genomes (SAGs) and metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) submitted to public databases. Read more on the DOE JGI website.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has recognized two Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) early-career researchers–Akash Narani and Ning Sun–with honors to be bestowed at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., this fall.More »