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February 8, 2017

Five Pioneering Female Leaders in Synthetic Biology

written by Christine Stevenson

The issue of gender diversity in the workplace has taken a front-and-center standing across many industries of late, science and biotech notwithstanding. The lack of women in leadership roles within many organizations and companies is now being recognized, to a greater extent than ever before, as a problem warranting attention. Many companies…

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February 6, 2017

The Francophone of the Week: Emily Leproust

written by Biotechfinances

The global market for personalized DNA reaches 930 M €, and Twist Bioscience intends to take the lead in this sector this year. The start-up, created in San Francisco in 2013, has just announced that it will be able to deliver DNA sequences synthesized on silicon supports up to 3200 letters, twice…

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February 3, 2017

Genetics startup says competitor’s trade secret lawsuit seeks to stifle innovation

written by Marisa Kendall

Accusing her former employer of trying to sabotage her new company, the CEO of San Francisco-based gene manufacturing startup Twist Bioscience this week fired back against a lawsuit that claims she stole key technology. Emily Leproust and her Twist co-founders pioneered an innovative way to make synthetic genes in a laboratory, and…

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January 26, 2017

Could Synthetic DNA Be the Next Tech Breakthrough?

written by Jennifer Alsever

Until recently, creating silk has been the exclusive domain of silkworms and some spiders, as well as the occasional superhero. Today, though, inside the laboratories of Bolt Threads in Emeryville, Calif., fermentation tanks use yeast, sugar—and some DNA code borrowed from spiders—to form a material that is then spun into fibers the…

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November 18, 2016

GAME CHANGERS: The year’s emerging trends to watch and high-momentum startups with world-changing potential.

written by Nicholas Pappageorge

Twist Bioscience’s synthesized DNA could help pioneer DNA computing, which writes data into synthetic nucleotides. DNA can last 2000+ years without deterioration, and a single gram can store almost 1T gigabytes of data. Twist is partnered with Microsoft to develop this technology.

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