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California shows the way for biosecurity in commercial gene synthesis

Rachel West, Gigi Kwik Gronvall
Date posted:
August 19, 2020
Publication type:
Nature Biotechnology
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To the Editor — On 21 January, California took a major step to increase biosecurity in commercial gene synthesis, introducing legislation that requires all scientists purchasing gene synthesis products to use companies that perform screening on customers and the sequences they order. If enacted, this legislation would make it a competitive advantage for companies to take biosecurity seriously. Here, we argue that the US federal government and other governments should emulate California’s actions.



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