Twist Bioscience: DNA Research Tools Put Fresh Spin On Drug Discovery
Speed and efficiency are fundamental to the success of today’s biopharmaceutical enterprise, but the hunt is still on for transformative technologies to boost pipeline productivity and growth. One answer may lie in the arrival of replicable, synthetic versions of DNA.
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