Biosciences Division News Releases
|Structures of Complexes Comprised of Fischerella Transcription Factor HetR With Anabaena DNA Targets
April 22, 2013 — According to new findings from researchers at the Midwest Center for Structural Genomics and the Structural Biology Center, the structure of the HetR–DNA complex obeys rules that are observed for base-specific and phosphate backbone interactions reported for other DNA-binding proteins. Read more.
|Argonne researchers uncover structure of new protein implicated in diabetes
April 4, 2013 — Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, recently determined and analyzed the three-dimensional structure of a protein found in the nuclei of liver and pancreatic cells. Read more.
|Biosciences Division’s Benoix Roux and Other Argonne Researchers Awarded Supercomputing Time on Blue Waters
March 28, 2013 — Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have been awarded computing time on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more.
|Breakthrough could lead to drugs that better combat 'superbugs'
February 28, 2013 — In the never-ending battle between antibiotic developers and the bacteria they fight, scientists at Argonne have made a key breakthrough that could allow for the development of new drugs to more effectively combat antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." Read more.
|Alaska Soil Research Project Aiming to Improve Understanding of Global Climate
November 26, 2012 — A research team being led by Julie Jastrow, an ecologist at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, recently traveled to the North Slope of Alaska as part of a soil research project that aims to ultimately help improve and validate global climate models. Read more.
|Argonne-Sponsored Meeting Showcases Scientific Advances in Soil Metagenomics
October 10, 2012 — More than 140 researchers from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Asia (Taiwan), and Europe (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain) gathered at the Indian Lakes Resort near Chicago to participate in the 4th Annual Argonne Soil Metagenomics meeting October 3–5. Read more.
|Songs in the key of sea
September 27, 2012 — Soft horns and a tinkling piano form the backbone of "Fifty Degrees North, Four Degrees West," a jazz number with two interesting twists: it has no composer and no actual musicians. Unless you count bacteria, that is. Read more.
|U.S. Department of Energy student internships foster scientific and self-discovery
August 9, 2012 — On the surface, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar seems like any other young Argonne researcher. She is eager to learn, deftly navigates laboratory spaces and speaks passionately about her work. But one major detail sets her apart from her colleagues — she is 21 years old and has only worked at Argonne for a brief 10 weeks. Read more.
|Biofuels: Anywhere, anytime
August 2, 2012 — The Endurance Bioenergy Reactor is a simple, easy-to-use portable system that uses bacteria to produce fuel that can go directly into engines and generators. By eliminating the need for refining, users can produce fuel onsite without complicated logistics. Read more | Endurance Bioenergy Reactor web page
|Key staph enzyme decoded at the Advanced Photon Source
March 24, 2011 — The battle against deadly staph infections is closer to victory as Illinois researchers have uncovered secrets of how the bacterium protects itself from human immune attacks, which could lead to more effective anti-staph therapies. Read more.