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Efficient synthetic biology methods to genetically engineer microalgae

By Heather Kowalski J. Craig Venter Institute April 21, 2015

Grantees at the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography have developed new, efficient synthetic biology routes to manipulate diatoms, a type of microalgae.

Their findings, published today in Nature Communications, enable better understanding of diatom genetics and could help produce algae-based products such as biofuels.

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Recipients of Nation's Highest Museum and Library Honor Announced


Earlier this year, two of our San Francisco Bay Area program grantees, the Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland, CA) and The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA) were named as two among 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. In April, we learned that the ...

Updated report measures how global tuna stocks stack up against the MSC standard


Washington, D.C. – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) released an updated report assessing the status of global tuna stocks according to the methodology developed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), one of the world’s most widely recognized certification schemes for sustainable seafood.
The report, An Evaluation of the Sustainability ...

Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe

By Lena Sun Washington Post April 8, 2015

Improving the experience of a patient and their family, an aspect of care that too often is overlooked, is given top priority thanks to foundation grantees at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. Their efforts are part ...

Inside Caltech's earthquake early warning lab

By Sophia Stuart PC Magazine April 7, 2015

Foundation grantee Thomas Heaton, professor of geophysics and civil engineering at Caltech, recently gave a demo of the California Integrated Seismic Network to PC Magazine. The real-time visualization showed what might happen when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California.

Read the full article here.

ICU Consortium

Doctors need to treat their patients with respect

By Tom Farragher Boston Globe April 4, 2015
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation couldn't agree more: people need to be treated in a respectful and dignified manner. Too often, patients and their families are not treated this way when going to the hospital or during a routine check up. We want to see this change. We're proud ...

With a key food source at risk, big funders back a different kind of fishing contest

By Paul M.J. Suchecki Inside Philanthropy April 2, 2015

Fish is one of the healthiest foods—high in protein and vitamin D. Cold, deep-water fish like Pacific salmon have omega 3 fatty acids, the same compounds that keep fish blood circulating, which keep our own blood flowing too, lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, ...

Fish 2.0 adds high-value prizes to seafood business competition

Fish 2.0 April 1, 2015

The Moore Foundation is proud to support the Fish 2.0 business competition, which drives innovation and investment in the sustainable seafood sector. 

New prizes in the Fish 2.0 business competition will give winners the most valuable advantage a growing seafood supplier can have: extended face-to-face meetings with executives from some ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Patients bounce back faster from surgery with hospitals' new protocol

By Laura Landro The Wall Street Journal March 31, 2015
What's the right approach to helping people recover from surgery faster? Clear liquids and non-narcotic medications before surgery. This is counter to what has been practiced for many years with pre- and post- surgery, such as required fasting, heavy IV fluids and strong narcotics. The new approach is increasingly being ...

IEEE Spectrum marks the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law

IEEE Spectrum March 30, 2015

In 1965 our co-founder, Gordon Moore, made a now-famous observation that the number of circuit components on an integrated chip had been steadily doubling and predicted the trend would continue. Fifty years later, we are celebrating and supporting the enduring spirit of discovery and invention, and the technological innovation that ...

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