Editor’s Choice: Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next
At Twist Biosciences’ office in San Francisco, CEO Emily Leproust pulled out of her tote bag two things she carries around everywhere: a standard 96-well plastic plate ubiquitous in biology labs and her company’s invention, a silicon wafer studded with a similar number of nanowells.
Leproust, Peck, and a third cofounder, Bill Banyai, realized DNA synthesis needed a middle ground between the classic method and microarrays. Thus, the holes inside the nanowells of Twist’s wafer are essentially thousands of reasonably-sized test tubes. You end up with the right amount of oligos, neither too much or too little. For the full article in WIRED see: Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next