Make What You Want

Twist Bioscience is betting that it can synthesize DNA for use in synthetic biology applications faster and cheaper than other methods, Wired reports.

Twist CEO Emily Leproust, formerly of Agilent, shows Wired's Sarah Zhang the company's silicon wafer and compares it to the ubiquitous 96-well plastic plate. As Zhang notes, one 96-well plate can be used to make one gene, but Twist says its silicon wafer, if it were the size of the plate, could make 10,000 genes.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.