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'Science on Saturday' lecture combines biomedical and computational power to decode rabies.

'Science on Saturday' lecture combines biomedical and computational power to decode rabies  

March 5, 2017

An interactive lecture geared toward high schoolers featured biomedical scientist Monica Borucki, bioinformatics scientist Jonathan Allen, and Granada High School biology teacher Elizabeth Lopez.


LLNL researchers are working on a chlamydia vaccine. Image courtesy of National Cancer Institute.

Lab team wins National Institutes of Health two-year grant to develop chlamydia vaccine  

September 14, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with UC Irvine and Synthetic Genomics, won a two-year $485,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore new ways to develop a chlamydia vaccine.


Photo showing  (left to right) Brad Hart, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Forensic Science Center, biochemist Glendon Parker and chemist Deon Anex analyzing hair samples using protein markers from the hair. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL.

LLNL-led team develops forensic method to identify people using human hair proteins  

September 7, 2016

In an important breakthrough for the forensic science community, researchers have developed the first-ever biological identification method that exploits the information encoded in proteins of human hair.


Photo showing Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica.

Scientists identify enzymes that create a highly toxic form of mercury in Antarctic sea ice  

August 31, 2016

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) assisted a team from the University of Melbourne (link is external) in discovering how methylmercury enters the Antarctic sea and bioaccumulates in the marine food web.


Photo showing researchers Eric Meshot, left, and Ngoc Bui evaluate the uniformity of a carbon nanotube array covering the entire area of a 4-inch wafer. Photos by Julie Rusell/LLNL.

'Second skin' uniform protects soldiers from biological and chemical agents in the field  

August 3, 2016

In work that aims to protect soldiers from biological and chemical threats, a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists has created a material that is highly breathable yet protective from biological agents.


Photo showing principal investigator Elizabeth Wheeler, Heather Enright  and lead biologist Kris Kulp. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL.

Lab team measures peripheral nervous system activity with microchip-based platform  

July 26, 2016

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have successfully incorporated adult human peripheral nervous system (PNS) cells on a microelectrode platform for long-term testing of chemical and toxic effects on cell health and function.


LLNL chemist Sarah Baker holds a gas chromatography vial used to measure the amount of methanol produced by the enzyme-embedded polymer. Photo by George Kitrinos/LLNL.

3-D printed polymer turns methane to methanol  

June 15, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have combined biology and 3-D printing to create the first reactor that can continuously produce methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure.


Researchers use a nontoxic aerosol tracker developed at LLNL to study how airborne biological agents might disperse through the New York City subway system.

LLNL supports NYC subway biodefense test  

June 9, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) researchers took to the New York City subway system May 9-13 to help study how a surrogate for a biological agent, such as anthrax, might disperse throughout the nation's largest rapid transit system as a result of a terrorist attack or an accidental release.


A team of scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is developing

'Human-on-a-chip' could replace animal testing  

June 2, 2016

Development of new prescription drugs and antidotes to toxins currently relies extensively on animal testing in the early stages of development, which is not only expensive and time consuming, it can give scientists inaccurate data about how humans will respond to such agents.


Lawrence Livermore scientist Nicole Collette (right) makes bone sections on the microtome tool while Deepa Murugesh (left) records data and Cristal Yee observes. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL.

Team IDs gene involved with fracture healing  

June 1, 2016

New identification of a gene involved in the fracture healing process could lead to the development of new therapeutic treatments for difficult-to-heal injuries.


Jiun Chang, a UC Merced graduate student working at LLNL, studies cartilage degeneration in an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in a mouse model. The research will help doctors to better treat the onset of arthritis after a high-impact injury. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL.

Study lays groundwork for arthritis prevention  

May 19, 2016

Joint injury can lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). In fact, about half of all people who rupture the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their knee will develop PTOA within 10 to 20 years of the injury.


The Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA) will be on board the International Space Station. Image courtesy of NASA.

LLNL biodetection system bound for space  

April 28, 2016

A biological detection system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists that has found more than a dozen applications soon will be used in tests reaching a new frontier — outer space.


A single chain of water molecules lines the cavity inside a carbon nanotube porin, which is embedded in a lipid bilayer. Image by: Y. Zhang and Alex Noy/LLNL.

Tiny tubes move into the fast lane  

April 4, 2016

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have shown that carbon nanotubes as small as eight-tenths of a nanometer in diameter can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude. The research validates a 200-year old mechanism of proton transport.


In a composite of two images, cyan-colored drug molecules are shown passing through a cell membrane. Graphic by Tim Carpenter/LLNL.

Shaving time to test antidotes for nerve agents  

March 1, 2016

A simulation for drug-membrane permeability developed at LLNL increases the development speed for nerve-agent treatments.


Monica Borucki, a scientist from Lawrence Livermore Lab's Biosciences and Biotechnology Division, looks at cell lines used for viral propagation.

Lab researchers hunt for clues in transmission of deadly Middle Eastern respiratory virus  

February 29, 2016

Lawrence Livermore Lab researchers have used new genetic sequencing technology and bioinformatics analysis to define how a novel and deadly respiratory virus changes when it passes from one host to another.


Radiobiologist Matt Coleman displays a passive flow lateral device for biodosimetry developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It's a single use protein detection assay similar to the medical diagnosis instrument Coleman helped develop for NASA for use in deep space. Photo by Julie Russell.

Scientist helps NASA develop medical device   

February 12, 2016

In the future, NASA astronauts journeying into deep space may give themselves a health check-up with the aid of a small medical device developed by a team of scientists, including one from LLNL.


LLNL scientists Gaby Loots (left) and Aimy Sebastian count live cells for their research tying a specific protein that has been found to inhibit prostate cancer metastasis to bone. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL.

Protein curbs spread of prostate cancer to bone  

November 17, 2015

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from University of California campuses at Merced and Davis, have found that a specific secreted protein inhibits prostate cancer metastasis to bone.


This photograph of the rotifer Euchlanis shows all the internal organs. Rotifers are multicelled animals, with very few cells, less than 1,000. Lawrence Livermore researchers are working on research that would prevent rotifers from eating algal crops. Image courtesy of Microscopy UK.

Project aims to use probiotic bacteria to protect algal crops and increase ecosystem resilience  

July 21, 2015

A Lawrence Livermore team has received an additional $1 million to protect algal crops by developing "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience.


LLNL biomedical scientist Celena Carrillo conducts benchtop experiments in a collaboration between the Laboratory and three other institutions that assisted Sunnyvale-based Cepheid in advancing an Ebola virus detection test for emergency use. Photo by Julie Russell.

Lawrence Livermore researchers help biomed company land FDA approval for Ebola detection  

May 28, 2015

Researchers from LLNL and three other institutions have assisted a Bay Area biomedical company in advancing its Ebola virus detection test for use.


PLS biologists James Thissen and Crystal Jaing along with researchers from Kansas State University found that the Microbial Detection Array could help identify diseases in the commercial swine industry.

Lawrence Livermore technology could help detect diseases in commercial swine industry  

May 19, 2015

Agricultural officials who seek to detect diseases affecting the commercial swine industry may gain a new ally — a biological detection system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers.


Graphic depicts an experiment at SLAC that revealed how a protein from photosynthetic bacteria changes shape in response to light.

X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry  

December 5, 2014

An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic bacterium changes shape when hit by light.


Graphic depicting a cerebral aneurysm.

A tool to better screen and treat aneurysm patients  

May 29, 2014

New research by an international consortium, including a researcher from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, may help physicians better understand the chronological development of a brain aneurysm.


LLNL biologist Crystal Jaing and computer scientist Kevin McLoughlin analyze an image from the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array.

Livermore Lab's microbial detection array detects plague in ancient human remains  

March 6, 2014

Scientists who study past pandemics, such as the 14th century Black Death that devastated much of Europe, might soon be turning to an innovative biological detection technology for some extra help.


Livermore Lab biologist Crystal Jaing prepares a Microbial Detection Array slide, the primary detection technology used in an international study of bladder cancer samples.

Association between virus, bladder cancers detected using Lawrence Livermore technology  

September 10, 2013

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-developed biological detection technology has been employed as part of an international collaboration that has detected a virus in bladder cancers.