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Strain engineering: Better bugs at lower prices

2:49 PM MDT | June 20, 2016 | —Rebecca Coons

While the shadow of low oil hangs over industry, there is considerable optimism around the prospects for outsourced strain engineering. Biobased chemical makers are increasingly using the know-how they developed in their own development programs to help others design better, more efficient pathways. Companies primarily focused on strain development for the industry, like Ginkgo Bioworks (Boston) and Arzeda (Seattle), are also increasingly being tapped by industry. Ginkgo Bioworks CEO Jason Kelly says the performance advantages of strain engineering are largely...

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