May 10, 2022

When Ginkgo Bioworks’ head of codebase Dr Patrick Boyle was working on his doctoral research between 2006-12, he was “basically ordering DNA one gene at a time,” he recalls. “I think I ordered less than six total genes for my entire PhD.” Today, the Boston-based biotech co is synthesizing tens of thousands of genes a month, and reading (sequencing) and writing (synthesizing) DNA is cheaper than ever. So what does all this mean for the food industry?

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