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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

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 » 

 

ALS Progression Linked to Increased Protein Instability
A new study suggests a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The study provides evidence that those proteins linked to more severe forms of the disease are less stable structurally and more prone to form clusters or aggregates.  More » 

 

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For Important Tumor-Suppressing Protein, Context is Key
Berkeley Lab scientists have learned new details about how an important tumor-suppressing protein, called p53, binds to the human genome. As with many things in life, they found that context makes a big difference. More »