How Synthetic DNA Can Help Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Posted by Nat Connors on 11/30/16 11:30 AM

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in our world. Devin Leake, Vice President of Research and Development at Gen9, weighs in on how synthetic biology--and specifically long-length synthetic DNA constructs--can combat the issue of antibiotic resistance.

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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, DNA Synthesis

Longest Synthetic Virus Could Be A Breakthrough In Treating Canine Cancer

Posted by Nat Connors on 11/8/16 1:00 PM

“I don’t want to overstate it, but it’s a revolution – a complete revolution,” said Bruce Smith, V.M.D., Ph.D. “Eventually, you will treat cancer patients with chemotherapy and a therapeutic virus that is customized to their tumor. If the tumor were to come back, you would resequence, create a new therapeutic virus, then treat the patient again. It completely changes the way we will manage cancer.”

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Topics: Gene Synthesis, DNA Synthesis

Getting to Breakthroughs Faster with Mass Quantities of Synthetic DNA

Posted by Nat Connors on 8/11/16 10:03 AM
In this video, Patrick Boyle, Head of Design at Ginkgo Bioworks, discusses how mass quantities of synthetic DNA speed his design-build-test cycles and how long-length DNA constructs open up design possibilities in synthetic biology research.
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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, DNA Synthesis

The Power of DNA Synthesis: A Video

Posted by Nat Connors on 7/6/16 3:51 PM

A few weeks back, we announced that we'd signed a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks to deliver 300 million base pairs of DNA through 2017. This unprecedented deal has been thought-provoking in many ways, and we’ve had some great questions arise from the synbio community and beyond. What will Ginkgo do with 300 megabases of content? How can Gen9 manufacture all that DNA? What could I do with pathway-length constructs like the ones Ginkgo uses?

We sat down with leaders at Ginkgo and Gen9 to learn more about what the partnership means for the future of synthetic biology.

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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, Clonal, DNA Synthesis, DNA Design

Why the Next Generation of our BioFab® Technology Changes the Game in Gene Synthesis

Posted by Andrew Bond on 4/1/16 3:40 PM

Last week, we announced the next generation of our BioFab® technology, an advancement that enables us to manufacture mass quantities of high quality, long-length, clonal DNA at prices as low as 3 cents per base pair. These game-changing economics will open doors for industrial users as they utilize megabase quantities of DNA on their journey towards new product discovery.

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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, Multiplex, DNA Synthesis

Gen9ers Series: Brian Schneider

Posted by Nat Connors on 3/31/16 10:05 AM
Each month, we'll introduce you to a member of the extraordinary Gen9 team, or our Gen9ers (as we affectionately refer to our community). Today, you'll meet Brian Schneider, Director of Strategic Accounts for the Eastern United States. Brian joined the Gen9 team in August of 2015.
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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, DNA Synthesis

The Power of Partnership  - Gen9 and SynbiCITE

Posted by Kevin Munnelly on 2/24/16 1:51 PM

Last week, we announced a partnership with SynbiCITE, the UK’s national center for the commercialization of synthetic biology. We’re thrilled to join forces with a visionary organization that is on the forefront of synthetic biology innovation and is opening doors for the next generation of breakthroughs in biology. 

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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, DNA Synthesis, SynbiCITE

Multiplex and the Future of DNA Synthesis

Posted by Devin Leake on 2/10/16 4:42 PM

Yesterday, we announced that we've developed new multiplexing technology that will enable us to scale our DNA synthesis platform by nearly two orders of magnitude. With this technology, we'll be able to produce billions of base pairs of DNA at a fraction of today's cost, taking our BioFab® platform to a whole new level. 

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Topics: Synthetic Biology, Gene Synthesis, Multiplex, DNA Synthesis

Game of Clones

Posted by Andrew Bond on 9/17/15 12:53 PM

Today, we're looking back to June of 2014 when we discussed the benefits of clonal DNA for the synthetic biology community.

(Yes, we are GRR Martin fans, but this is a serious post.)

In our worldwide travels, from Meereen to Kings Landing and to the Wall, there seems to be incredible confusion over the difference between clonal, sequence-perfect DNA and sequence-verified DNA. As you’re planning your next order, it’s critical to remember that “sequence-verified” does not mean that DNA is clonal.

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Topics: Gene Synthesis

Picking Colonies Is A Rewarding Experience (And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves)

Posted by Andrew Bond on 8/12/15 9:54 AM

Of the many factors that go into ordering synthetic DNA, we think that the time factor is probably the most poorly understood. On the surface it seems easy. If speed is important to your project, order the genes from the place where you can get them the fastest. In reality, though, it isn’t that simple. The state of the final product you receive is a crucial consideration. 

With gene synthesis turnaround times that vary significantly, it is worth understanding exactly what you should expect — not just in the time it takes for your order to get to you, but also with regards to how much of your own time you’ll have to spend to get exactly what you need. Let’s break it down a bit.

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Topics: Gene Synthesis

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