NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks and robotic automation software developer Transcriptic have been awarded a joint $9.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) through its Synergistic Discovery and Design Program (SD2).

Ginkgo and Transcriptic said they will use the SD2 funds to incorporate machine learning, closed loop biology, and automated execution of protocols to advance biological experimentation and accelerate iterative testing for synthetic biology.

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