By Justin Petrone

Scientists at Duke University have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further develop a method of synthesizing genes using microarrays. The researchers believe their gene synthesis platform will prove "faster and cheaper" than alternative array-based approaches, as well as traditional methods of gene assembly.

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