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9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 26-115

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas & Cryogen Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Evolutionary Analysis of Gene Regulation and Gene Expression
MIke Eisen
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

9:30 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

1 p.m.
EHS 614
Satellite Accumulation Areas Management
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Spectromicroscopy in Nanobiology and Nanomedicine
P.U.P.A. Gilbert, U. of Wisconsin
Bldg. 6-2202

3:30 p.m.
Progress in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes
Ching Tang, U. of Rochester
Bldg. 90-3075

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DNA structures on gold

When DNA Must Stand
Up and Be Counted

DNA microarrays are revolutionizing biotechnology, allowing scientists to identify and count many DNA sequences simultaneously. They are the enabling technology for genomic-based medicine and are a critical component of advanced diagnostic systems for medical and homeland security applications. However, the advantages can only be realized if the fragile biomolecules survive the attachment process and must literally stand up to be counted. Understanding the attachment and orientation of DNA on gold surfaces was the goal of recent experiments performed at Advanced Light Source Beamline 8.0.1 by an international collaboration of scientists. Read about it here.

Genetic Quality of Sperm
Deteriorates as Men Age

Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3

New research indicates that the genetic quality of sperm worsens as men get older, increasing a man's risk of being infertile, fathering unsuccessful pregnancies and passing along dwarfism and possibly other genetic diseases to his children. A study led by Andrew Wyrobek (currently with Livermore Lab but moving to Berkeley Lab in the near future) and Brenda Eskanazi with UC Berkeley found a steady increase in sperm DNA fragmentation with increasing age of the study participants, along with increases in a gene mutation that causes achondroplasia, or dwarfism. Full story.
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JGI Has New Computer
Tool To Manage Data


More than 250 microbial genomes have been sequenced to date and, with 700 more projects in the works, making sense of that flood of data has never looked more daunting. This is no surprise to scientists at the Joint Genome Institute, which has spearheaded nearly a quarter of the world's bacterial genome projects. To help researchers make sense of it all, the institute recently launched IMG/M, an experimental metagenome data management and analysis system. The Berkeley Lab architects of IMG/M, headed by Victor Markowitz, worked on the system mostly on weekends and built it over a period of five months. Full story (see pages 10 and 11 of newsletter).


Engineering's Fab Shops
Help Science, Research

Rodney Post in the optics shop
Did you know that much of the Lab's scientific equipment is custom-made right here by engineers and craftsmen in the Fabrication Shops? They have expertise in optics, vacuum coating, vacuum brazing, photofabrication, silk screening, nickel plating, and anodizing, as well as traditional, numerically controlled and electron-discharge machining, welding, R&D sheet-metal work, specialty assembly, and metrology. Contact Guy Pulsifer (x6090) for more information. Go here to read a View story on the Shops.
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Ergonomic Equipment Showroom Moves to Bldg. 75B 

Pointing devices in the new showroom
The Lab's display of ergonomic equipment has moved from Health Services in Bldg. 26 to Bldg. 75B room 110B. At the showroom, employees can try out furniture and accessories (such as chairs, keyboards, and pointing devices), participate in the chair loaner program (to test out equipment for two weeks), and review educational material. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are not required. Staff who are feeling any discomfort at their workstation should have their space evaluated to prevent injury. Ergonomic evaluation requests can be submitted here. For more information, contact Edith Perry (x7170).
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