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Bioscience: Bioenergy, Biosecurity, and Health

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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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%.


The fate and security of human health and progress are inextricably tied to humanity’s relationship with plants, animals, and the environment.

At Los Alamos, scientists and engineers are working to unlock many of the mechanisms found in nature to improve humanity’s ability to battle diseases, create new forms of environmentally friendly and abundant energy, bolster human and animal immune systems, and improve agriculture to facilitate the growing of crops for food.

Bioscience research also 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. For these reasons, bioscience plays a critical role in Los Alamos’ ability to address many of the nation’s health and security concerns.

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