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Research projects in the Division range from fundamental studies of genome sequences using molecular biology and computational strategies as well as experimental validation of protein structure/function to detailed analysis of field samples for the characterization of natural biochemical processes at the molecular level.

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The mission of the Biosciences Division is to use state-of-the-art technology to conduct multidisciplinary basic research that will increase our understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms of life with the goal of enabling important advances in environmental protection and remediation, energy production and sustainability, and human health and welfare.
A new study from Argonne provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments.Home is where the microbes are: Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes
August 28, 2014 — A study published in Science that was conducted by researchers from Argonne and the University of Chicago provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us. Read more.
The bio safety lab at the Advanced Protein Characterization Facility Advanced Photon Source to remain leader in protein structure research for years
May 5, 2014 — No X-ray facility in the world has supported more protein structure research and characterized more proteins than the Advanced Photon Source. Soon this 2/3-mile in circumference X-ray instrument will get a boost in efficiency that likely will translate into a big boon for the discovery of new pharmaceuticals, the control of genetic disorders and other diseases and advance the biotech industry. Read more.
Sulfur and iron minerals Study in 'Science' finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifers
May 1, 2014 — A study published today in Science magazine by researchers from Argonne may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. This dance affects groundwater quality, the fate of contaminants in the ground and the emerging science of carbon sequestration. Read more.
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Roser MatamalaRoser Matamala
Roser Matamala is a terrestrial ecologist who specializes in biogeochemistry and global change research. Read more.

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