This technique might build new genes within 24 hours

Jun 20, 2018, 8:08 AM EDT
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The conventional process of synthesizing a new gene is slow, expensive and prone to failure even at advanced stages. Two researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have worked out a new method that uses enzymes to physically stitch together bits of genetic codes.

The new approach could dramatically speed up the synthesis of genes but has its own shortcomings, for example, chances of failure are higher compared to that in traditional sequencing methods, reports Live Science.

George Church, a geneticist at Harvard University, hails the technique as “the future,” which might soon let biotechnologists rewrite genetic codes and synthesize new medicines and fuels on the go, notes Science.