Los Alamos scientists are developing science and technology to improve pathogen detection, create better therapeutics, and anticipate—even prevent—epidemics and pandemics.


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Bioscience research plays a critical role in America’s national security. Scientific efforts at Los Alamos include finding ways to counter bioterrorism, predicting or mitigating disease epidemics and pandemics, and creating sustainable energy for a secure future.

This important work is performed through Bioscience (B) Division, which comprises a diverse group of experimentalists and computer scientists who work closely with other interdisciplinary scientists across the Laboratory.


  • Bioenergy
  • Biosecurity and Health
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Proteins
  • Integrated and Engineered Systems (as related to Bioscience)

BiosciencePhoto: Los Alamos scientists used genetic engineering to develop magnetic algae, thus making it much easier to harvest for biofuel production. Harvesting algae accounts for approximately 15–20 percent of the total cost of biofuel production—magnetic algae can reduce such costs by more than 90%.

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