Camena Bioscience Hits DNA Synthesis Milestone

Labiotech | February 06, 2020

Camena Bioscience has achieved a significant DNA synthesis milestone by reproducing the DNA sequence of a whole plasmid, which could be used in synthetic biology applications such as protein production and bacterial engineering. DNA synthesis is a field that, until recently, had not been a focus for companies developing innovative technologies, with greater importance being placed on DNA sequencing and manipulation tools.

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