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Twist Bioscience Long Oligonucleotides

San Francisco-based Twist Bioscience has launched its long oligonucleotides product line. According to the firm, the synthetic nucleotides can be upto 300 bases and will increase the success and productivity of biological research. While adding bases normally introduces the risk of error, Twist said it has developed a proprietary way to make oligos with an error rate as low as 1:1500 nucleotides.

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