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In the world of biotechnology, most modern drugs are manufactured using living cells, says Susan Young at the Technology Review Editors blog. As Amgen President Robert Bradway said at a presentation to business leaders at MIT this week, "biotech is about accepting that the unit of production is the living cell."

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