Cambrian Genomics

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Cambrian Genomics
IndustryBiotechnology
FoundedSan Francisco, United States (2011 (2011))[1]
FounderAusten Heinz[1]

Cambrian Genomics was a biotechnology company based in San Francisco which used a laser-based technique to synthesize DNA.[2][3] Cambrian Genomics produced genetic material for a 2013 effort to produce genetically modified glowing plants for sale to the public.[4] A Kickstarter campaign raised $500,000 for the Glowing Plant project.[5]

The company's founder, Austen Heinz, died at the age of 31 on May 24, 2015.[6]

The company encountered difficulties getting plants to emit significant amounts of light, and announced via email in December 2017 that it had exhausted other money-earning bioluminescence ideas and was ceasing operations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grens, Kerry (11 June 2015). "Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies". The Scientist. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ Lee, Stephanie (3 January 2015). "Controversial DNA startup wants to let customers create creatures". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ Stein, Rob (7 May 2015). "DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns". NPR. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  4. ^ Collins, Katie (30 October 2014). "How to laser print glowing plants and living metals". Wired UK. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ Conner, Forrest (12 November 2014). "Cambrian Genomics laser prints DNA to rewrite the physical world". Tech Republic. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  6. ^ Grens, Kerry (11 June 2015). "Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies". The Scientist. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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