Scientists in the Biosciences Area are exploring the ability of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, to store and protect DNA from damage in an experiment that recently traveled to the International Space Station National Laboratory onboard SpaceX CRS-24.
Division Director Blake Simmons announced that he has named Aindrila Mukhopadhyay as the new Deputy for Science of the Biological Systems and Engineering Division, effective Monday, December 6, 2021. She is taking over for Susan Celniker, a senior scientist and co-Director of the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project who served as the Division Deputy for five years.
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. coli to produce a molecule that, until now, could only be synthesized in a laboratory.
A new approach to modifying microbes’ metabolic processes will speed up production of innovative bio-based fuels, materials, and chemicals
Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing.
Scientists at the Joint BioEnergy Institute developed a new biosynthetic production pathway which could provide a sustainable alternative to conventional synthetic blue dye. The highly efficient fungi-based platform may also open the door for producing many other valuable biological compounds that are currently very hard to manufacture.
Read more in the JBEI website.