Austen Heinz, is the founder and CEO of Cambrian Genomics,who has shared with the public some incredible news , CG(Cambrian Genomics) are developing hardware and systems for laser printing DNA of living organisms. Before we get to exited in a sci-fi tangent of thought we should get into some details first. this is incredible and has many practical applications for the future and implications.
At the time of writing the current challenge for synthetic biology is that despite scientists now having the potential to create new organisms that can do infinite number of things, the short term cost of synthesizing DNA has been prohibitively expensive. all that is about to change, Presently researchers in the industry order or clone over a billion dollars worth of DNA each year. Austen is developing his company’s technology to change this problem in a big way, he now has a way to provide a new technique to synthesize DNA 10,000 times cheaper than any known technology. One of the difficulties with DNA synthesis is error correction during fabrication to make the correct sequence of A, T, G and Cs – which represent the building blocks of DNA.
Cambrian Genomics have solved this problem by fabricating billions of strands simultaneously, quickly and cost effectively. Their technology optically sequences the strands and then selects the correct DNA sequences using a fast-moving laser.
The company's plan really is to create the print button for biology in order to 'democratise' creation and enable researcher's to literally write code for living organisms. This is fascinating and of course creates some scary perspectives on how this could be used.
. According to Austen the applications of this technology has the potential to be used for personalised medicine, such as cancer treatments, or even bringing back extinct animals using the available DNA code recovered from the fossils. its early on in this technology development , but just like more popularised known forms of 3D printing out there we have seen how fast this kind of tech develops.
As a writer and researcher I can not emphasis enough when i say '3D printing will leave no aspect of human life untouched'