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George Church's lab is at it again. A new paper out in Nature from first author Harris Wang details their multiplex automated genome engineering, or MAGE, method that automates and speeds up reprogramming cells. MAGE uses electroporation to get the custom-made single stranded DNA into the cells and can be done repeatedly. In the Nature paper, Wang and his colleagues used this approach to modify 24 regions of E.

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