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The vision of the Life Sciences Division is to advance basic knowledge, and the health of humans and the biosphere, by elucidating the 4-Dimensional dynamics of complex biological systems -- ranging from molecules to microbes to humans.

Research Highlights

New Clues About the Risk of Cancer From Low-dose Radiation
Berkeley Lab scientists studied mice and found their risk of mammary cancer from low-dose radiation depends a great deal on their genetic makeup. They also learned key details about how genes and the cells immediately surrounding a tumor (also called the tumor microenvironment) affect cancer risk. More » 


M2B Initiative Launched
Microbes-to-Biomes, or M2B, funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, is designed to explore and reveal the interactions of microbes with one another and with their environment – interactions that are vital to the Earth’s future. More » 


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Protein Instability and Lou Gehrig's Disease
A new study uses small-angle x-ray scattering as well as several advanced biophysical techniques to link protein instability to the progression of a lethal degenerative disease: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More »