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    Open Experiment Dishes the Dirt

    They broke new ground—and not just for earth science. Using their work on the chemical and biological properties of soil, scientists at PNNL conducted an ‘open experiment,' in which every aspect of their work was documented online, in real time. Using software tools, they improved data integrity, accelerated the team's communication and productivity, and ensured transparency in every step of the research process.

  • Erin Baker

    Among Women Chemists This Fall, Six Rising Stars

    Erin S. Baker is one of six winners of the Rising Star award, bestowed by the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. Her specialty is studying biological systems by using ion mobility spectrometry in conjunction with mass spectrometry, an investigative specialty known as IMS-MS.

  • Skyline Plugin

    For Targeted Proteomics, a Plugin for Browsing Public Mass Spectrometry Data

    A new paper describes a software plugin that explores public mass spectrometry data. Developed for the popular Skyline tool, the "Biodiversity Plugin" was developed to help users identify data that addresses their hypotheses. This is accomplished by presenting the data in an intuitive pathway-centric visualization.

  • Shi

    The Vital Electrical Interplay between Microorganisms and Extracellular Minerals

    Microorganisms with electron-transfer capabilities, such as metal-reducing microorganisms, use specialized systems to exchange electrons between minerals and cells. In this review, Shi et al. summarize the underlying molecular mechanisms, such as cytochromes and nanowires, and the biotechnological applications.

  • Janet Jansson

    For BioTechniques, Janet Jansson Weighs in on Science's Ways of Unlocking Microbial Communities

    Microbiologist Janet K. Jansson was quoted at length in the August issue of BioTechniques regarding the stubborn mysteries of microbial communities, which can be good or bad for the ecosystems they populate. Among nine scientists quoted or cited, she was the most frequently heard.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

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