Five MIT scientists founded a new synthetic biology company, called Ginko BioWorks, which is profiled in Tech Review. The company is following up on cofounder Tom Knight's work on BioBricks, a standardized way to sew interchangeable segments of DNA together. "That allows us to standardize and automate the process of assembly. If we want to put 100 different versions of a system together, we can do that straightforwardly, whereas it would be a tedious job to do with manual techniques," Knight says.

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