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Synthetic biology is an emerging field that builds new life, including replacement organs and soft tissue as well as entirely new kinds of organisms never before seen on Earth. At the end of 2022, Ginkgo—which is now the leading platform for cell programming—launched a new division to develop custom enzymes. By using machine learning–guided protein design and proprietary bacterial and fungal host strains, researchers hope to soon develop myriad applications, like fabrics that dissolve after one wear to reduce washing, which requires water and environmentally unfriendly detergents.

Microbe engineering-as-a-service

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Synthetic Biological Engineering