Friday, May 13, 2011

Lawrence Berkeley Lab scientists tinker with microbes to battle climate change

Microbes will take center stage next week as the unusual protagonists in a free talk with local scientists tackling climate change. The one-celled creatures are now part of a major research initiative at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory to explore ways to recapture more of the 6 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide human activities generate annually. The researchers, who will speak Monday evening at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, are working with the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, a federal facility for genetic sequencing of microbes and other life-forms. More>