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By Monica Heger

This story was originally published Jan. 5.

Next-gen sequencing could find a new application in synthetic biology — as a sample-prep step to make DNA for gene synthesis. Scientists from the German company Febit are looking to spin out a new company that would commercialize a new method of DNA synthesis based on the approach, which they say could reduce the price of synthetic DNA by several fold.

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The Financial Times reports the US bolstering its ability to track SARS-CoV-2 alterations.

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