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Plan to Synthesize Human Genome Elicits Mixed Response


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Gen9 laboratory

A laboratory at Gen9, a firm in Cambridge, Masschusetts, that is seeking to drive down the cost of synthesizing strings of DNA.

Credit: Gen9

Proposals for a large public-private initiative to synthesize an entire human genome from scratch—an effort that could take a decade and require billions of dollars for technological development—were formally unveiled today, a month after they were first aired at a secretive meeting.

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