Jennifer Doudna and James Nunez led a study at the Advanced Light Source that revealed the structural basis by which bacteria are able to capture genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for their own immunological system. This discovery holds promise for studying or correcting problems in human genomes.
Berkeley Lab scientists to help build world’s first total-body PET scanner
Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have set out to help build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, a medical imaging device that could change the way cancers and other diseases are diagnosed and treated. The project is a consortium led by a UC Davis research team … Read more »
Doudna Wins L’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women Scientists
Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist in the Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division and the inventor of a revolutionary gene-editing tool, was named one of five laureates of the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards in the field of life sciences.
New Catalysts Can be Fine Tuned; Could Replace Precious Metals
Scientists at MIT and Berkeley Lab have developed a new type of catalyst that can be tuned to promote desired chemical reactions, potentially enabling the replacement of expensive and rare metals in fuel cells. Carbon is used as the primary material for electrodes in batteries and fuel cells, and the new catalyst is carbon-based, containing … Read more »
Molecular Imaging Innovation Delivers Spatial, Spectral Info Simultaneously
Using physical chemistry methods to look at biology at the nanoscale, faculty scientist Ke Xu has invented a new technology to image single molecules with unprecedented spectral and spatial resolution, enabling new ways to examine cell structures and study diseases like Alzheimer’s.
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