DNA Chip : A printing press for synthetic Biology

— If the printing press changed history by bringing the written word to the masses, just imagine what shake-ups a fast, reliable DNA printer could cause. A team of researchers hope to find out by playing Gutenberg to the synthetic biology set. The researchers have created a special chip that prints out DNA almost ten times faster, and with far smaller machinery and less human work, than conventional methods.

Creating and copying novel pieces of DNA quickly and inexpensively could have broad implications in the production and screening of new drugs, as well as replacing current technologies for genetic cloning, the researchers said.

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